Jacqueline Gala of Taos Pueblo began studying art and photography at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) while still in high school and completed her collgege studies there. While at IAIA Jacqueline was fortunate to study with Allan Houser and Otelie Loloma among many others. After great success with photography and painting, Jacqueline learned silversmithing. Jacqueline has had many other influences in her life, but has developed her own style, blending tribal traditions with international influences and incorporating beautiful, unusual gems. Jacquie credits her boyfriend, David, and her two children with stimulating her creativity and inspiring her to create new forms and shapes in her sculptural jewelry.