Sunday, August 23, 2009

Our Indian Market Purchases

We purchased two paintings from artists at the Santa Fe Indian Market. The most interesting thing was being able to talk to the artists at length about their work.

Roger Kull does his painting on leather, which gives it a very different look. He also works with the leather, so that the painting is not flat, but has a three dimensional look. He also incorporates real bits of turquoise into the painting. His website is at This is the painting we chose:

Sharon Brening is not Indian, but she loves the Indian culture and has great respect for the traditions, culture and language of the people. She photographs children on the Navajo, Hopi and Pueblo reservations, and then paints the images. We were captivate by this painting of Skye and her little brother Wild. This photograph was done near Farmington, New Mexico this summer, along the San Juan River, where the family lives. Sky's name means "Butterly" in Navajo; hence the butterflies on her dress. Wild is wearing a breastplate his grandfather made for him, and carrying his grandfather's spear. He told the people at the photography shoot that he was "catching fish for lunch." The family has three children and another is due this fall. Sharon has been painting Skye since she was 15 months old. Sharon's work can be found at


WasSoggyInSeattle said...

Beautiful choices!!!

Buck said...

VERY nice, Sharon!

Anonymous said...

Sharon, I LOVE the art you and John got, these are both beautiful pieces!