Introduction

For hundreds of years indigenous people of North America have been experimenting with clay, utilizing its substance, for beauty and function. Coming from such a background I have been combing the ideals, of passion, apprenticeship and patience in creating hand built decorative pottery. The method is antiquated, laborious and rewarding, resulting in pottery that are unique in their own special way. The coiling method of pottery is what I choose, without the use of a modern day potters wheel, I am able to make pots that are light in weight yet captures the concept of symmetry and form. Each pot is hand burnished giving the surface a smooth finish allowing the paint to flow effortlessly across the surface. Patterns and designs are as limitless as the human imagination, spanning the globe each culture can be represented through their own unique patterns and designs. Inspired by these patterns from various cultures, in conjunction with my own Native American background, I hand paint each piece free hand using no stencils , orchestrating inspired patterns across the surface, hoping to capture something fresh and innovative. The isolated moments of the hand painting process are a revelation of beauty and design giving each piece its own individuality. Exposure to extreme violent forces of fire, are the final ingredient that results in pottery that will be an everlasting work of art.

About Me

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Fullerton, CA, United States
I am a Native American from the Navajo and Pueblo of Isleta people from New Mexico. I currently reside in Fullerton CA and I am freelance artist I practice in the mediums of Ceramics, painting, drawing and music. However i am most proficient in ceramics and pottery making.

Pen and Ink Designs



The pen and ink designs started coming about in the fall of 2010, for many years I have been exploring patterns and decorative elements on my three dimensional ceramic pieces, in a more symmetrical format.  By applying the design elements, native american motifs and patterns on a two dimensional surface, it allows me to explore these designs in a more non symmetrical way.  I enjoy taking the larger elements of my design work and expanding them in a more spontaneous fashion, at the same time applying all the native american elements within these expanded shapes and forms.  As these designs on paper started to evolve new ideas and elements slowly began to appear in each piece, natural elements, the moon, the stars, the planets, and the vortex design, elements in nature that I constantly draw inspiration from.  


The motifs, designs, elements all relate to my native american background and the inspirations go as far back as to the great ancestors, the anasazi culture.  These people were constant watchers of the cosmos, the stars, the moon, the sun, the planets all of these celestial elements played an integral part in the sustenance of our ancestors.  By observing the rising and setting of the moon and the sun, they were able to determine the changing of the seasons, which gave them a calendar and divided their time into two periods, the winter solstice and the summer solstice.  This indicated when they would plant and harvest their crops, the round elements with the cross hatching represent the moon and the sun.  The smaller blackened circles represent the planets, I really appreciate the relationship between the moon and the planets, and these can be seen on certain nights throughout the year.  The sun represents one of many dieties in this case it represents Father Sun.  All the dots that are laid within the bigger motifs, represent the stars, to me the stars represent past lives, past generations, past ancestors who have moved on, there is a wonderful folk tale that represents this, it is from the Kiowa people, and it is the story of how the big dipper and devils tower came to be, it deals with 7 sisters and their brother who were at play one day.  


If you notice within the major motifs they are all broken up into sections these breaks represent the different directions that we all take in life.  We have different paths, different walks in life, people come into our lives, some for a great deal of time, some very brief and at some point we go in different directions and these breaks represent those situations that we all share in our lives.  This occured with our ancestors the Anasazi when during a certain time they abandoned their settlesments, like Chaco Canyon in New Mexico, and different groups or bands developed and went their own seperate ways.  


Another element occurs within my design work and thats the fine line work, these fine lines to me represent the rain, it is the rain, the water that gave life and sustained our people for thousands of years.  It is the rain the nourishes Mother Earth, so that she can reproduce and provide for our people.   Of course all the little elements within the bigger ones all are indicative of traditional native american pueblo designs, motifs and elements it is these elements that I have drawn inspiration from and have used over and over, in various ways, throughout the years on my pottery work.  It is these shapes that represent the natural world and all its beauty, a beauty that can always be found within the pueblo and navajo culture, a culture that i descend from.  I hope you enjoy the illustrations, and Thank You. 

Please note all Pen Designs are hand drawn using no rulers, stencils, protractors or compasses and are all original works. 





"three quarter moons" 11 x 14  sold

"summer alignment"  11 x 14  130.00 matted only sold

"the vortex"  11 x 14   sold




vortex design (sold) 11 x 14

untitled sold 11 x 14 sold

"celestial passages" 11 x 14   sold

close up

untitled sold 11 x 14

close up 
"Distant Spirals" framed and matted 16 x 20  sold

"Desert Bloom" framed and matted 16 x 20 550.00

"Yongin"  matted only 12 x 16 sold

"broken directions" matted only 16 x 20 sold
"4 Green Moons" Black and Green Pen Design image size 9.25 w x 10.5 ht
matted in a light tan mat with an off white frame 12.5 x 16.5
image with matt, with mat and frame sold

"A New Bloom"
Black and Brown Pen Design image size 8.5 x 12.25
matted in a light tan mat with an off white frame 12.5 x 16.5
image itself with matting $175.00
image with mat and frame $200.00 
"Life Unbalanced"
Black and Red Pen Design on tone paper image size 12 x 16
Matted in a dark grey mat with a black frame with glass 16 x 20
image itself with matting no frame 500.00
image with mat and frame $600.00
Untitled
Black and Red Pen Design on white paper image size 12x10
sold
"Two Birds"
Black and Orange Pen Design on white paper 16x20
Sold
"Twin Peaks" Black and Orange pen design on paper 12.5 x 16.5 sold

"Orange Eclipse"
Black and Orange Pen Design on White Paper 8 x 11.5
Sold
"Blue Southwest Flowers" Blue and Black Pen Design on White Paper
8x11.5 sold

Four Distant Vortex 16 x 20
Black and Green Pen Design on white paper sold.
A Warm Fall
Black and Orange Pen Design on White Paper
image size 9 x 12 with frame 12.5 x 16.5  sold
Empty Spaces
Black and Orange pen design on white paper
image size 8.5 x 12 with frame 12.5 x 16.5 sold
Untitled
Black and Orange Pen design on white paper
12.5 x 16.5  sold
Black and Pen Design on Paper 12.5 x 16.5 sold
"Green Succulents" Black and Green Pen Design on Paper 12.5 x 16.5 $225.00
"Twin Moons" Black and Blue pen design on paper 12.5 x 16.5 $225.00
"Orange Desert Flowers" 12.5 x 16.5 sold
                                                       

up close of "broken directions



"Tribal Plains"
Black and Red Pen design on a tone paper image size 11 1/2 x 15 1/2
Matted in a dark grey mat with a black frame with glass  16 1/2 x 20 1/2
 image itself with matting $500.00 image with mat and frame $600.00



"Isolated Moons"
Blue and Black Pen design on a tone paper image size 12 x 10
Matted in a dark grey mat with a black frame with glass 17 x 14
image itself with matting  $275.00
image with mat and frame $300.00


"Blue Eclipse"
Black and Blue Pen design on a white paper image size 8 x 11 1/2
Matted in a off white matting with a white frame with glass 12 1/2 x 16 1/2
image itself with matting
image with mat and frame sold