I am an enrolled member of the Fort Independence Paiute Community of California.
While pursuing undergraduate work at Cal-State Northridge, I experimented with mark making related to my Native American ancestry, studying geography, geology, history and family stories. As I continued onto my graduate degree at Otis College of Art and Design, my education changed the way I thought about Native Art History. Instead of using traditional materials, my new ideas led me to experimenting with many industrial-type materials. However, after time, I again circled back to painting.
My heritage, family, and tribal traditions are part of my daily inspirations. I seek and produce imagery which reflects these connections. Whether it is a petroglyph, an animal silhouette, or my grandmother and daughter telling stories to each other, the inspiration can sometimes be a surprise. Often, I am influenced by a diverse variety of elements which will spark an idea for a piece.
I then will start to play with materials and technologies to see what suits each project I am working on. Traditional materials, such as beadwork, now populate some of my paintings. Reflections of simple forms and shapes (from basketry or natural materials such as shells or plant life) have also become part of the work.