This artist worked with, and learned from, the late, great Chalmers Day, whose overlay technique is celebrated. Tim’s work is in the same, impeccable tradition.
In this handsome silver overlay bracelet, with a striking design, the overlay is precise, inventive, and raised above the darkened silver base.
Brilliant polish to the surface silver glistens against the textured and dark background.
In the center, a fan of stylized eagle feathers denotes prayers, carried up to the heavens.
At the base, are rain designs, presumably what the prayers are for.
On the right, a highly decorative arrangement of many different rain, storm, and water signs, reinforce the aim of the prayers.
To the left of the center, a woman pounds cornmeal, with lightning and a storm cloud above her.
She faces a pair of growing cornstalks, with plump rainclouds sending moisture down on them.
The whole design is a metaphor for happiness, good health and abundance; water – scarce in the high desert – is needed for thriving crops, and enough to eat follows a good harvest.
The message is traditional, and so is the method, but the flawless silver work, and the decorative design, are contemporary and creative.
Tim learned well, indeed, from his mentor, and has developed his own wonderful style.