Tell us a bit about your gallery. How did it gallery begin? What objects first entered your collection?
In 1972, my father moved to Santa Fe. He immediately fell in love with the art and antiquities of the various native cultures of the Southwest. Having grown up in the art scene in North Carolina, he had no exposure to Native American art and knew that he had the opportunity to share what he saw as an important piece of art history. Working with international museums and collectors, my father began buying, selling, and trading these works. In the process, he put together the foundation of his own collection predominantly based in historic and prehistoric Native American materials, subsequently adding pre-Columbian Central and South American pieces.
In 2005, I began working with the gallery and became passionate about incorporating contemporary works of art into exhibitions showcasing both contemporary and ancient work in a manner unlike what I had seen elsewhere.
Today, we continue to rotate and expand our collection while working with artists who consign their work in more of a traditional gallery model.
How do you negotiate your appreciation for historic, modern, and contemporary art and design in one space? Do you see a throughline between these moments in time?
The throughline is quality, craftsmanship, and attention to detail. I find it boring if everything is homogenous and sterile. Often when I walk into galleries, I feel a distinct lack of life and energy. By combining art and design from different eras in a space that was designed to feel lived-in, used, and appreciated, I hope to share a unique perspective – a slice of what I find beautiful and fascinating.