Ship Rock Painting

Daryl Begaye



Daryl Begaye is a lover of nature and wildlife. This beautiful painting is as colorful as you’d expect, but with a more traditional twist.

Ship Rock is called Tsé Bitʼaʼí in Navajo (Dine), which means “rock with wings” or simply “winged rock.” The formation figures prominently in Navajo mythology as a giant bird that carried the Navajo from the cold northlands to the Four Corners region. Ship Rock, when viewed from certain angles, resembles a large sitting bird with folded wings; the north and south summits are the tops of the wings.

Daryl’s rendition of this sacred mountain is much different than a traditional painter, as he has applied his normal brighter colors and use of color theory to highlight Ship Rock in a non-traditional setting.

This technique makes it seem as if Ship Rock is standing on its own, prominently displayed as the focal point of this painting.

The simple background, with easy-to-see brush strokes and star symbols floating at varied depths, provides a different setting than one would expect. The equally simple left side of the background, darkened with a single vertical sliver of the main background colors, only adds to the depth of the subject, allowing it to pop off the canvas.

Daryl’s combination of the base elements of his personal style with an iconic and sacred landmark in the foreground gives the collector a rare piece of art to hang in a special place in their home!

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