Estella Loretto (Jemez)
About the Artist
Estella is recognized as one of the leading Native American sculptors working today. One of only a few women creating monumental bronze pieces, one of her most recent is of Kateri Tekakwitha, the first Native American to achieve sainthood, in front of the St. Francis Basilica in Santa Fe. She has traveled the world studying with remarkable artists in Italy, Japan, India, and Mexico, to name a few, and was the last student of famed sculptor, Allan Houser, before his death in 1994. "To be able to create beauty with my hands is a gift," Estella explains. "It is an honor for me to be an artist. My art is inspired by nature and the beauty of life's unfolding. It is stylized, colorful, and contemporary, rooted in but not confined by my cultural traditions."