"To be able to create beauty with my hands is a gift; it is an honor for me to be an artist. My art is inspired by nature, and the beauty of life’s unfolding. My art is stylized, colorful, and contemporary, rooted in but not confined by my cultural traditions.
I see the making of art as a process that entails a sincere and beautiful way of communicating with the Great Spirit.
I like the freedom of creative expression without boundaries and limitations, yet achieving art that is serene, balanced, harmonious, and graceful."
- Estella Loretto
Estella Loretto is currently the only Native American woman working in monumental bronze sculpting.
Recognized internationally as one of the finest sculptors living today. Estell's genuine spiritual nature defines her commitment to integrity and authenticity in her art and in her life.
She has studied and trained with mentors including her mother, her grandmother, and most notably with Native American sculptor Allen Houser-Haozous. She was his last student before his death in 1994.
Estella left her native New Mexican home at the Pueblo of Jemez at age 15 and traveled the world for eight years studying with remarkable artists in Italy, Japan, India, Nepal, Mexico, New Zealand, and Australia.
Estella's work has always reflected her highly internalized spiritual vision of the world, an intimate legacy of her Pueblo background that is manifested in her artistic creations as well as her home, which is a sanctuary of beauty.
For additional artist information, please contact the Walatowa Visitor Center
Visit www.estellaloretto.com or send an email directly to the artist at firstname.lastname@example.org