The first time I experienced jewelry making was when I was 9 years old playing with other kids during the summertime on the Navajo Reservation. Some people came over to where we were. They asked us if we wanted to make some money – at the time we thought they wanted some yard work done. We were playing next to a donut shop, and if we had money, we could have some donuts. So we said Okay. They actually wanted us to do some jewelry work that required little fingers. We were started out by making channel inlay work on rings so that stones could be set in. That is how I started developing a talent as a silversmith!
Much of who I am today can be attributed to family members. My uncle and auntie who raised me for a while were silversmiths. My wife's Parents were both strong Christians – church-goers and believers in Jesus Christ. I accepted Jesus as my Christ when I was 14.
Because of generations of family influence believing in Jesus and church-going, I overcame several personal challenges, such as near-death experiences. I decided to not focus on the bad, but only on God, and today, my children and I are a success story in the midst of a community of great challenges.
I have now been a silversmith for 26 years and have had my own patented design of Christ's story since 2006. How that design came to me is another story. Attending my uncle's church at Sunday school one day, I found that the lesson was the same thing from the past week, so I sat there thinking about Jesus' life. I saw in my mind the manger scene, Jesus as a teacher at age 12, the cross at Calvary, the empty tomb, and Christ ascending to Heaven. That vision is the cornerstone of my artwork and my ministry. And now, my son and daughter are part of our silver jewelry business.
In the past 10 years, I have also been teaching, singing and playing music in church. Now I am seeing great favor from God in our jewelry making business. I am very pleased to offer my jewelry through the Adonai Christian Fine Art Gallery in Sedona. To God we give the glory!