Jason Parrish

  • Navajo (Dine)
  • Paintings / Drawings / Graphics / Photography

My paintings are a natural response to an internal desire to create, design, and develop an idea. My ideas are heavily inspired by my Navajo culture and identity. Concepts for my works are drawn from the rich well of traditional knowledge from my family, especially the stories from my late grand-parents, as well as from printed historical material.

The creative process starts from my mind's kaleidoscope full of scenes from Navajo life: men and women on horseback, rituals that are both festive and ceremonial, and the landscape that is uniquely Dinétah (Navajo land). These internal displays inspire an immediate performance put together by hand with acrylics laid on canvas and watercolors placed on paper.

My goal is to use my art as a looking glass for the viewer to examine and reflect on a realm they, perhaps, never knew existed. I hope my painted stories will be lasting reminders that my Navajo people and our culture are not historical subjects loss to memory.

Sample of Work

Golden Hour in Shiprock

Golden Hour in Shiprock

21 x 16"

Paintings / Drawings / Graphics / Photography

Young Girls Racing Their Ponies

Young Girls Racing Their Ponies

18 x 22"

Paintings / Drawings / Graphics / Photography

Made of Earth and Sky

Made of Earth and Sky

30 x 24"

Paintings / Drawings / Graphics / Photography