Michelle Tsosie Sisneros Hand Painted Silk Scarf

This scarf depicts Michelle’s love and bond that she shares with nature. She is inspired by her Santa Clara, Navajo and Laguna cultural heritage and the beauties of Mother Earth that surround her.

Michelle Tsosie Sisneros is a highly regarded contemporary artist of Santa Clara, Navajo and Laguna descent.   "I was artistic from the time I was born to the earth,” Sisneros says.  No wonder:  her aunt was renowned Santa Clara Pueblo painter Pablita Velarde. “She really motivated me and planted the seeds for me to follow in her footsteps.” says Michelle.  Primarily a painter, Michelle 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.  In her life Sisneros has overcome great adversity, including alcoholism and an abusive husband.  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.” Michelle 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.