From Michelle Tsosie Sisneros, one of the most highly regarded Native American painters working today, comes a stunning original painting titled “Turtle Under the Sun.” This ink and water color monotype is a moving and ethereal scene of turtles rising in sunny waters. Of Santa Clara, Navajo and Laguna descent, Sisneros is inspired by her cultural heritage and the beauties of Mother Earth that surround her. She is known for her incredible attention to detail and this piece features her signature mottled background and intricate designs within the body of each turtle. The painting comes elegant matted in a classic brushed metal frame. An incredible work from one of the finest contemporary painters working today, this gorgeous painting will delight anyone who is inspired by the wonders of the natural world.
- Original painting by Michelle Tsosie Sisneros (Santa Clara/Navajo/Laguna)
- Titled “Turtle Under the Sun”
- Ink and water colors monotype painting on paper
- Framed painting measures 21-1/2” x 21”
- Comes with a signed Certificate of Authenticity
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Michelle Tsosie Sisneros is a highly regarded contemporary artist of Santa Clara, Navajo and Laguna descent. She is primarily a painter but she also creates innovative handcrafted jewelry and pottery. Her painting style is abstract with some surrealist influences, yet her subjects are drawn from traditional Native American themes and include Pueblo women, Yeis, clowns, deer and landscapes. Sisneros’ painting process is extremely slow and deliberate. She begins with a sponge and acrylics, giving her work its signature mottled background, then carefully sketches and paints each figure with great detail. Finally, she embellishes each painting with additional elements, such as handprints, spirals, planets and a speckled finish that she creates with a toothbrush. In her life Sisneros has overcome great adversity, including alcoholism and an abusive husband, and she says of her work, “I paint now from my soul. The images I paint are from the people who touch my life in a profound way and the Mother Earth I live on.” Sisneros is also the illustrator of a children’s book, Kokopelli’s Gift, and has a line of greeting cards, bookmarks, magnets and Christmas ornaments, many of which are hand painted. She grew up in Window Rock, Arizona in the Navajo Nation but now lives in Santa Clara Pueblo.See Featured Artist Page
The Southwest is known for the beauty and drama of its landscapes, from red rock canyons and rolling deserts, to expansive blue skies and shimmering sunsets. The Native Americans who have lived here for thousands of years have a deep connection to and respect for this natural world, and their reverence for nature deeply influences their art. Some of the most common nature-inspired designs and symbols are water, rain, clouds, corn, mountains and animals. For Native Americans, nature is a gift from the Creator and in their unique, handcrafted works of art they celebrate this incredible gift.
For centuries the Pueblo people have painted petroglyphs, depicting their relationship with the natural world. Fine art painting is a relatively new medium for Native American artists, first practiced in the early 20th century by young Pueblo artists who drew upon their traditions and Euro-American modernist painting. Pueblo painting has become a vibrant and innovative art form that often depicts contemporary subjects and reaches new audiences.Read our Native American Sculpture and Painting Collector's Guide.
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