His distinctive petroglyph designs, and use of prime quality stones, have won him many prize-ribbons across the country, and made his work highly collectible.
In addition, like some other artists, his talent overflows into a completely different field; photography. His photos are just as breathtaking as his jewelry.
In this splendiferous buckle, each tiny figure is sawn out of the gold and soldered onto the silver base.
The background is highly textured and darkened silver, which suggests the craggy rocks where the real petroglyphs were carved.
The designs on the bottom represent rain – a very good luck symbol in the desert.
The symbols on the center section include: the hand of blessing and protection, stars, moon, game animals, water symbols, and a happy couple.
These symbols represent happiness, prosperity, and good health.
The magnificent natural turquoise is the literal centerpiece of the buckle.
This beautifully tapered stone from the Kingman mine, has the finest, textbook example of spiderweb matrix, flawlessly veiling the entire surface, evenly.
Aside from the outstanding quality of the turquoise, it adds a touch of New Mexico- sky blue, completing the harmony of earth and sky.
On its own merit, without the added interest of the symbolic meaning, this is an extraordinary buckle.
Unusually solid, with every bit hand fabricated, even the working parts on the back, it is destined to be a treasured heirloom and proudly worn for generations.