When people ask about my early art work I remember watching my step dad sharpening my pencil to a fine point with his pocketknife. When I tried it, it always broke off. When there was no paper to draw on my mother would get used calendars with blank backs for me to draw on.
I was born in Cyril, Oklahoma and was raised by my mother and a Comanche woman “Mary Placoddy. “ When I was nine years old my family moved to Klamath Falls Oregon. I spent a lot of time with my school friends on the Klamath Indian Reservation and later breaking horses on the Stephenson Ranch near Klamath Falls. These are some of my best memories.
I hope when people look at my art they see what I feel when I am going a painting or making a piece of art from a bone which my wife named “Arti-Facts”. It is a good feeling when people look at my art and understand what I feel about the culture of the Native American People.
I am Cherokee – Apache- Mexican and my wife is Cherokee- Irish. We are member of the TSALAGIVI NYDAGI often referred to as “Texas Cherokee”.