b. February 1964; Tuba City, Arizona
Roy is a Native American artist of the Dine' (Navajo Tribe) of Arizona. Roy comes from the Bitterwater clan, "Todich'ii'nii" (maternal side) and is born for "One Who Walk Around clan," "Honaghaahnii" (paternal side).Clanship is the essence and existence of a Navajo--being unique--and too know who you are
Roy comes from a family of strong traditional heritage. Roy's grandfathers were well respected by their people for their knowledge and customs. Roy's distinguished Great-Grandfather, Scott Preston, was Vice Chairman of the Navajo Nation and also served as a Medicine Man for his tribe.
Roy attended the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe, New Mexico and originally studied photography. He later studied painting further widening his artistic talent. While at the Institute, he also studied drawing, print-making and ceramics.Roy later attended Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona and studied two dimensional art where he learned there was fierce competition in painting.
Roy is self taughtI. He started with the basic hand tools for one year. Roy wants every to know "I would have never done this without my wife's help, who is a teacher She notice my talent and invested her time and money, it's been teamwork from the beginning. Our three daughters are the light of my life and my inspiration.
Roy's sculpting began from a spontaneous turn of events. "One day we were driving through the mountains of Utah and happened to come across some alabaster. "From that stone I carved my first piece, which turned out great! I knew from that experience that sculpting was for me because it just came so naturally. I felt I knew what the stone wanted to become."
Since that fateful discovery, Roy has attended a marble craving workshop in Italy and learned from the masters the correct way of working stone. Roy works with professional carving tools manufactured in Italy, and a wide array of power tools.
Roy has gained recognition and status among fellow Indian sculptors. In addition, he has recently been recognized by several art magazines including Arizona Highways which selected him as one of the "New Generation of Indian Artists."
Marlene is a Native American artist 0f Dine’ (Navajo Tribe) of Arizona. Marlene comes from the Water Flow Together clan, “To’ aheedliinii” (maternal side).
Marlene comes from a family of strong traditional heritage. She grew up on a ranch, where her parents have cattles, horses, and sheep. Her responsibilities developed at a very young age working on the ranch helping with the livestocks.
She attended school off and on the reservation. Primary and elementary grades she went to Kayenta, her childhood community. For secondary she attended Coconino qHigh School in Flagstaff, Arizona. Her college years she attended University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado and transferred to Arizona State University, where she received her BFA in Education in 1982. For the next thirty-one years she dedicated herself supporting and providing quality education to her students. Marlene completed her teaching career in 2013.
Marlene now is a full time artist. She credits her family and Navajo Cultures as the backbone of her inspiration. Her husband’s influence her about fine Native American arts and they work as a team. They have three daughters and four grand children. Two son-in-laws and two daughters are artists. And a daughter in health profession. She believes that life is a journey and each of us have different amount of time in which to travel. To make the most of your journey you will need the Positive Dine’ Education. Dine’ Education can provide for you, but only if you believe in it and by taking care of it. The Dine’ education lies within ourselves; in our language, culture, beliefs, history, in nature, Holy People, and in our fine arts.