TURQUOISE LIFE

TURQUOISE LIFE ————–

JIM PECHA, B.ARCH. CHRISTIAN ARTIST
MINISTER OF CREATIVITY, copywrite 2015 ————-

When we moved to New Mexico from Upper Michigan in 1950, I was introduced to the turquoise stone. It was really special at that time and was hanging around the necks of the native peoples, but then there was also the turquoise skies and paintings with turquoise. Most of the women artists I’ve met have turquoise jewelry on their wrists, fingers and even turquoise crosses around their necks. Since the turquoise stone is a blue green it contrasts beautifully with the native people with an orangy red skin. I spent more time perfecting
the turquoise color on the jewelry than the details of the nude model, it was that special and important. Turquoise was mined and traded by the ancient ones on trails from California to pueblos east of New Mexico. I made turquoise jewelry for awhile until the supply faded and the fake engineered stone came to market. Beyond all the above, turquoise has a spiritual creative quality, combining the blue of the sky with the green of the earth. The image here shows how well it combines with other colors and stimulates visions of kachinas, masks and faces of human and animal. Delve into the mysterious and beautiful turquoise life of New Mexico.

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