One way or another, art has been my life. I donít think you become an artist,
like you do a doctor or lawyer, you are born an artist. I guess Iíve been aware
of myself as an artist since I was a kid. Perhaps you can study and you may
learn some techniques but I think you really are born with it.
As an artist for over forty years, I have strived to connect with a multitude of
mediums from jewelry, metal work and painting to evoke the land, culture and
history of Santa Fe and the Southwest, which surrounds me.
The desert is freedom. Itís the land, the sky. Itís a wide, open landscape. You
can be who you want to be. You know, thereís not a lot of people around. I
should have been born here but it took me twenty years to get here. This is my
home and the impact is reflected in my artistic expressions.
My journey has taken me to the avant garde stages of New York City to the
silver screens of NBC and to emerging art scenes in the 70ís in Oaxaca, Austin
and Santa Fe. Having spent most of my life in the Southwestern United States
and Mexico, my work reflects the light and colors of the country. The deserts,
mountains and of course, the vast skies along with the ever present sun are
also great inspirations.
My life has also led me to the Southeastern United States, North Carolina in
particular. Where again I have connected to the land and culture, inspiring me
to take my work in many new directions but I have always followed the path
The Native and Indigenous cultures are a definite influence on the designs that
flow throughout my work. The symbols, such as the animals, the plants and
nature itself, all weave an impact in my art. Most recently, this is evidenced in
my Chimayo series of painted blankets.
My desire with my work is to always move forward to create a fresh perspective
on ancient influences, trying to capture in my art, the beauty that surrounds us
all each and every day.