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I’m a Native American artist working with encaustic. My other love is photography. Most of the colored wax that I work with I make myself. I also incorporate sandpainting sand, beads and horse hairs into my work. These are materials that are used in ceremonies and other traditional events.
I work with both a heat gun and a blowtorch depending on the effect that I’m looking for. I’ve done a few workshops in Santa Fe and another in Tuscon with the International Encaustic Artists Association. I’m showing my work at The Encaustic Art Institute in Santa Fe and Weyrich Gallery in Albuquerque.
Journey: The Ever-Evolving Story of the Bundles
The idea to include bundles in my work came during a moment I had while teaching a workshop on eco-printing at fellow artist Harriette Tsosie’s studio in Albuquerque. We were wrapping silk, plant material
A year or so later a friend told me about an old story between the Navajos and the Hopi that involved two sacred bundles. The Navajos had given two sacred bundles to the Hopi in exchange for helping in obtaining freedom from being imprisoned at Fort Sumner. According to the story the two bundles are still around and keep in two Hopi family homes.
The use of the bundles has also opened more connections in my life which in turn have further influenced my work. It keeps evolving into something bigger
Encaustic Art Institute – Santa Fe, NM – 2007 - Present
Hotel Santa Fe – Santa Fe, NM – 2010 – Present
Algodones Sculpture Park and Gallery – Algodones, NM – 2015 – Present
Weyrich Gallery – Albuquerque, NM – 2015 – Present
Plein Goods Gallery – Durango, CO – 2016 - Present
International Encaustic Artists - La Vendéenne Award – Innovation – 2016
International Encaustic Conference – scholarship to attend – 2016
Annual Members Exhibition – Durango Art Center – First Place – 2015
People’s Choice: Four Corners Art Exhibition – Jurors Pick – 2016
Durango Arts Center – Exploring Beyond Tradition – A Contemporary Indigenous Artists Invitational – April 21 – June 17, 2017
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I use horse hair, wolf hair, buffalo hair, wood, copper, metal, silk and other materials. Some of them are bought from art supply stores and others are bought or found material that goes into my work.
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