From painting, to award-winning bead work, to prize-winning jewelry, along with a fellowship from the Wheelwright Museum, and blue ribbons at Santa Fe Indian Market, this artist has traveled a creative path that started at the age of 5!
Now considered a major talent, he worked as a welder in construction jobs for many years, before gaining his current recognition.
His artistry and technical mastery shine in this tufa-cast bracelet.
The New Mexico desert harbors few starfish, or other sea creatures, but a creative spirit can dream, can’t he?
A recognizable sea turtle and large ocean fish flank the central design – a starfish, with dotted texture and raised edges.
The starfish overlaps some of the sea turtle, with watery, linear symbols behind it and the fish.
Raised, polished dots relate to the starfish, and bring a sense of bubbles rising from the water.
Tufa is a crumbly, naturally compressed volcanic sand. It is difficult to carve precise shapes in it.
The clarity of the details, here, is exceptional: look at the sea turtle’s intricate scales, and every line and dot in the silver.
Brilliantly polished edges glitter, like sunlight on water, and the interior, although still textured, has been smoothed for comfort.
Subtly, the form of the bracelet is slightly asymmetrical, echoing the dynamic composition of the sea creatures, who seem to be floating randomly about on the cuff.
Subjects taken from nature are not uncommon in contemporary and traditional Native jewelry, but depicting sea life of the oceans is runusual.
It is remarkable, especially when as crisply and beautifully executed as this cuff.
Compliments will follow, as surely as the tide follows the moon.