Son of a medicine man, this accomplished and respected silversmith said: “My jewelry is my past and future. It’s my memories as a child. The colorful sunrise, sunsets; the ceremonies,the people, the land.”
A master of mosaic and channel inlay, overlay and stamp work, he was among the first to make storyteller bracelets, showing tiny, detailed scenes of traditional Navajo life. His silver work is beautifully detailed, and enlivened by the fine, colorful inlays. One of his concho belts is displayed in the permanent collection of the National Museum of the American Indian at the Smithsonian Institution, in Washington D.C. He was also a composer and recording artist of Navajo music, and nominated for a Grammy.
He lived out on the Navajo land, with livestock and horses, and brings his heritage to life in his work.”I enjoy creating beautiful things,” he says.
We have received the sad news that this gifted, gentle man recently succumbed to a heart attack.. Although Richard’s talent continues through his son Philbert, we will miss his creativity and his visits