What excites you about producing a work in downtown Gallup?
To be part of a project that is more than just the mural is unreal. So far all the reactions toward the mural have been positive, people giggle when I show them my sketch for the mural, or they tell me some memories of their sheep herding days and to me that is the most exciting: knowing my work is capturing the interests of local Indigenous and Latino community. The process of working with my family, and alongside the construction crew, delivery trucks for Sammy C's, garbage trucks, and the cooks from Sammy C's, is fun, we have to make room for each other in the narrow alley and it feels like a collective effort to improve the downtown area.
Can you talk a bit about working with students at Miyamura High School, how is that structured and what it is like for you to be working with your alma mater?
It's really productive working with art students, they have so much energy and creative skills, and it definitely helps me complete certain areas quicker. We need more young Indigenous creative minds out here.