"JAMES D. TSOODLE
The subjects that James D. Tsoodle paints are Native American Warriors of the Northern and Southern Plains. Tsoodle himself is of Kiowa and Taos Pueblo Ethnicity.
On his website, www.jamesdtsoodle.com, he says: “I believe an artist can best portray the image by being well versed in the subject matter. Hopefully, if I achieve this, others will be able to see the passion and power in not only the image but the pigment and flow and composition of the painting.”
One of the driving forces behind his artwork began as a young boy and the struggles he went through as a child. He could not read until he was 14 years old due to what was much later diagnosed as dyslexia. As a result of this personal struggle, he found that his gift of painting was something he could do very well that pleased him as well as others. He has been self-taught from a very young age.
As a child, Tsoodle sold his first pen and ink drawings at age six when he attended the New Mexico State Fair with his parents who were selling jewelry there. He currently works with acrylic on canvas.
Tsoodle’s grandfather told him many stories when he was a child, stories about his people, and Tsoodle listened. These were stories that were not written down but were passed down as a part of their oral tradition.
Among the many venues in which Tsoodle, an award-winning artist, has shown his work are, the Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian (Santa Fe), the Heard Museum (Phoenix), the Pueblo Grande Museum (Phoenix), Colorado Indian Market, Rio Grande Arts and Crafts Festival, the Gene Autry Museum (Las Angles, CA) and the Eiteljorg Museum (Indianapolis). Among his most recent awards is, Best of Show at the 2013 Las Cruces Art Festival, Best of Booth at the 2013 Ruidoso Arts and Crafts Show, Best in Category at the 2014 Las Cruces Art Festival, Third in Category at the 2014 Sharlott Hall Festival, Best in Show at the 2014 Durango Arts Festival, Best in Category at the 2016 Las Cruces Art Festival, Best in Painting and Drawing at the 2017 Las Cruces Art Festival, Best in Category at the Gathering in Litchfield, AZ, Best in Category at the 2018 New Mexico Arts and Crafts Festival, Best in Category at the 2019 Las Cruces Art Festival.
In May 2016 James was honored to be the featured artist at the 16th annual Legacy Art of Albuquerque. In July of 2017, many of James’ images were used in Mark Medoff’s production of “Time and Chance” at the Axelrod Theater in Deal, NJ.
Tsoodle was highlighted in the Albuquerque Journal Art Section in October of 2013, the Ruidoso Zine publication in July 2013, the Las Cruces Bulletin in March 2014, the Sunlife Times in March 2014, Albuquerque the Magazine in 2014 and in a television advertisement, The Pulse in March 2019. He was interviewed LIVE by KRQE TV in December 2018. James was the featured artist at the Colorado Indian Market in Denver, CO in 2019 as well as the Litchfield Gathering in Arizona in 2018. He has also been recognized in Southwest Art Magazine.
Tsoodle’s studio is in Albuquerque, New Mexico. His website is jamesdtsoodle.com."