ABOUT THE ARTIST
- BEST OF CLASS Over all Pottery, Cherokee Art Market, Catoosa, OK, 2016
- 2nd Place, Contemporary Pottery, Cherokee Art Market, Catoosa, OK, 2016
- 2nd Place, Traditional Pottery, SEASAM, Tishomingo, OK, 2016
- BEST OF SHOW Traditional Pottery, Oklahoma Indian Summer, Bartlesville, OK, 2016
- 2nd Place, 3D, Oklahoma Indian Summer, Bartlesville, OK, 2016
- 2nd Place, Traditional Pottery, Eiteljorg Indian Market, 2016
- Kathleen Everette Upshaw Award (grand award, 3rd over entire show), Traditional Pottery, Red Earth, Oklahoma City, OK, 2016
- 3rd Place, Pottery, Artesian Arts Festival, Sulphur, OK, 2016
- 1st Place, Pottery, Trail of Tears Art Show, Tahlequah, OK, 2016
- 3rd Place, Pottery, Trail of Tears Art Show, Tahlequah, OK, 2016
- Purchase Award, Permanent Collection, Mulvane Juried Ceramics Exhibition, Washburn University, Topeka Kansas, 2016.
- 2nd Place, Traditional Pottery, Cherokee Art Market, 2015
- 3rd Place, Cultural: Basketry, SEASAM, 2015
- 2nd Place, Contemporary Pottery, Cherokee National Holiday Show, 2015
- Honorable Mention, Contemporary Pottery, Cherokee National Holiday Show, 2015
- People's Choice, Best Artist of Ada Fest, 2015
- Honorable Mention, Contemporary Pottery, SWAIA Indian Market 2015
- Best of 3D, Cahokia Mounds Contemporary Art Show, 2015
- 1st Place, Traditional Pottery, Red Earth Annual Art Market, 2015
- Best of Category, 1st Place, Pottery, Trail of Tears Art Show, 2015
- 1st Place, Pottery, Te Ata Fisher Chickasaw Nation Employee Art Show, 2014
- 2nd Place, Pottery, Te Ata Fisher Chickasaw Nation Employee Art Show, 2014
- Best of Division, Traditional Pottery. Cherokee Art Market 2014
- Best of Division, Cultural, Pottery. SEASAM 2014
- BEST OF SHOW, Red Earth Annual Art Market, 2014
- 1st Place, Pottery, Te Ata Fisher Chickasaw Art Show, 2013
- Best of Class (Best over all pottery divisions), Pottery. Cherokee Art Market, 2013
- 3rdPlace, Contemporary Pottery. Cherokee Art Market, 2013.
- 1st Place, Pottery. SEASAM, 2013
- 1st Place, Traditional Woodlands Pottery. Santa Fe, Indian Market, 2013
- 2nd Place, Traditional Pottery. Red Earth Annual Art Market 2013.
- 1st Place, Pottery, Te Ata Fisher Chickasaw Art Show 2012.
- 2nd Place, Pottery, Te Ata Fisher Chickasaw Art Show 2012.
- 2nd Place, Pottery. SEASAM 2012
- 1st Place, Traditional Woodlands Pottery. Santa Fe, Indian Market, 2012
- Kathleen Everett Upshaw Award (3rd over entire show), Traditional Pottery. Red Earth 26nd Annual Art Market 2012
- 3rd Place, Contemporary Pottery. Red Earth 26nd Annual Art Market 2012
- 1st Place, Miniature Pottery. SEASAM 2011
- 2nd Place, Pottery. SEASAM 2011
- 3rd Place, Contemporary Pottery. Red Earth Silver Anniversary Art Market 2011.
- 2nd Place, Pottery. SEASAM 2010
- 3rd Place, Open-3D. SEASAM 2010
GALLERIES, EXHIBITIONS, FESTIVALS & MARKETS
- Contemporary Caddo Art Exhibition Chokma'si Gallery, Ada, OK. 2017.
- Philbrook Museum Shop Tulsa, OK. 2016.
- The Dancing Rabbit Gallery Texas, 2016.
- Contemporary Indigeniety Great Plains Museum, Lincoln, NE. 2016.
- Oklahoma Indian Summer Bartlesville, OK. 2016.
- Cherokee National Holiday Tahlequah, OK. 2016.
- Ada Fest Ada, OK. 2016.
- NSU Folk Festival. Natchitoches, LA, 2016
- Eiteljorg Indian Market. Indianapolis, IN 2016
- Trail of Tears Art Show. Cherokee Heritage Center, Park Hill, OK 2016
- Heard Museum Indian Art Market, Phoenix, AZ, 2016
- Smithsonian NMAI Indian Art Market, Washington, D.C. 2015
- Museum of the Red River Fall Festival. Featured Artist and Demonstrator alongside Mata Ortiz, Idabel, OK. 2015.
- Ada Fest Ada, OK. 2015.
- Texian Heritage Festival. Featured Artist and Demonstrator, Montgomery, TX. 2015.
- Haskell Indian Market. Non-juried, Lawrence, KS. 2015.
- Spiro Mounds. 37th Birthday and 10th Annual Archaeology Day, Spiro, OK. 2015.
- Caddo Culture Day. Caddo Mounds Historic Site, Alto, TX. 2015.
- Caddo Festival. Oklahoma History Center, OKC, OK. 2015.
- Conference/Market, Caddo Conference, Arkadelphia, AR. 2015
- Festival/Market, Artesian Arts Festival 2015.
- Tribes 131 Gallery. Norman, OK
- Trail of Tears Art Show. Cherokee Heritage Center, Park Hill, OK 2015
- Ancient Ways: Modern Forms. Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, Tulsa, OK 2015
- Cahokia Mounds Gift Shop. Cahokia Mounds, E St. Louis, Illinois.
- Cahokia Mounds Fall Market 2014. Cahokia Mounds, E St. Louis, Illinois.
- Festival/Market, Santa Fe Indian Market, 2014
- Festival/Market, Inaugural Artesian Arts Festival 2014.
- The Artesian Art Gallery, Sulphur
- Chickasaw Visitor's Center, Sulphur
- 50 Penn Place Gallery, Oklahoma City
- Chickasaw Nation Arts & Humanities Gallery, Ada
- Red Earth Gallery, Oklahoma City
- Festival/Market, Clay. Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts 2013.
- Market. Caddo Conference, Tulsa, OK 2013.
- Jacobson House Gallery, Norman
- The Red Road Gallery, Ada
- Market. Caddo Conference, Fort Smith, AR 2011.
- Exhibition. Ada Arts Association Spring Show 2011.
- Market. Caddo Conference, Tyler, TX 2010.
MUSEUM PERMANENT COLLECTIONS
- The Great Plains Art Museum Lincoln, NE
- Dolores Mission State Historical Site Augustine, TX
- Red Earth Museum Collection Oklahoma City, OK
- The Mulvane Art Museum Topkea, KS
- Caddo Mounds State Historic Site Alto, OK
- The Museum of the Red River Idabel, OK
- The Audi Murphy - Cotton Museum, Greenville, TX
- Journal of Northeast Texas Archaeology,Vol. 54. 2015
- Peering Through the Sands of Time,iBook, AmaTerra Environtmental. 2015
- Archaeological Investigations at the Kitchen Branch, B.J. Horton, and Keering Sites.,Timothy K. Perttula et. al., AmaTerra Environmental Inc. 21014.
- Caddo Archeology Journal,Vol 22., Stephen F Austin University Press, 2012
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS AND AFFILIATIONS
- ONABA Oklahoma Native American Basketweavers Association, 2016
- Caddo Conference Organization Nomination Committee 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
- Caddo Heritage Museum Board of Trustees 2012, 2013, 2014
- SEIAA Southeastern Indian Artists Association, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
- SWAIA Southwest Association for Indian Arts, 2012, 2013, 2014
- Cherokee Art Market, Demonstration, Tulsa, OK, 2016.
- Caddo Mounds Teachers Workshop, Full traditional Caddo pottery class, Alto, TX, 2016.
- Natchitoches Folk Festival, NSULA, Narrative and Discussion Panel, Natchitoches, LA, 2016.
- Texian Heritage Festival, Demonstration, Montgomery, TX, 2015.
- Cherokee Art Market, Demonstration, Tulsa, OK, 2015.
- Traditional Caddo Pottery Series: Clay Making, Gathering, Pottery Making, and Pit-Firing, Chase Earles House, OK, 2015.
- Traditional Caddo Pottery Series: Clay Making & Gathering, Caddo Nation Headquarters, Binger, OK 2013
- Ancient Native Clay, East Central University, Ada, OK 2013
- Caddo Pottery Conversation, Jacobson House, Norman, OK 2012
- First Annual Caddo Pitfire, Caddo Headquarters, Binger, OK 2012
- Caddo Potterymaking, Museum of the Red River, Idabel,OK 2012
- Indian Arts and Crafts Act, CCO, Fort Smith, AR 2011
I create my tribe's traditional pottery to help educate about and carry on the culture of my people. The once grand and widespread tradition of my people's Caddo pottery has now been reduced to a shadow of its former self and almost even disappeared completely. With the help of the only living Caddo pottery revivalist, I got started down the path of my artistic expression of our tribe's traditional pottery to help current and future generations of our people understand the beauty and craftsmanship and uniqueness of our ancient pottery methods and culture.
Born in Oklahoma, I have always been an artist as long as I can remember, from the day the art teacher in kindergarten pulled me aside to draw something for the school. From then on I was always drawing and painting, but until I found pottery I really didn't have a voice or a reason. Even as I decided to pursue pottery as a more hands on approach and a closer to earth approach to art, I was still lacking meaning. I had considered creating Pueblo pottery from the southwest as that is what had inspired me until I realized that because I am not a Pueblo native, I would be simply replicating Pueblo pottery and not truly creating it. That is until I connected with my tribe and my heritage and learned of the true grandeur of our tradition and how it has been lost and hidden from the public. I then set forth almost obsessively learning the methods and designs of our tribe, creating works of art that are modernized, to educate my tribe's people and the public about our tradition.
All of my tribe's ancient traditional pottery was hand coiled from clay that was handmade from the local river source, which most notably included the Red River and the Arkansas River. These pottery pieces are then hand burnished with a rock to look like glass without any glaze. The final touch before firing is the hand carving of the scrolling ancient designs which include motifs centered around the origin stories of my Caddo people. Objects in the motifs include feathers, serpents, the sun and moon, and the everlasting fire. What motivates me and challenges me to push the limits of describing our culture in my pottery art is the desire to truly educate people about what sets our tribe's tradition apart from all the other Southeastern tribes and to reveal to people the extent of which the Caddo's tradition was cherished by everyone across the nation in prehistoric and historic times.
SOME PAINTINGS AND DRAWINGS FROM WAY BACK BEFORE I STARTED POTTERY