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Photo courtesy of artist.

I've known Roseta Santiago and followed her work for several years now, and when she invited me to visit her new home & studio I was delighted. She is a much-admired and collected artist, known for her luminous paintings that eloquently capture the spirit of Native American culture.  

Photos courtesy of artist.

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Santiago is a  prolific painter, working almost every day and for long stretches of time, so it is not surprising to see several large easels touting works in progress. And because she spends so much of her time in her studio, she has filled it with her vast collections of pottery and vintage Native American artifacts that not only give her inspiration, but from time to time wend their way into her paintings.

When I visited Roseta was staging a photo shoot with one of her favorite models - Joaquin - who arrived complete with top hat, drum and a satchel full of authentic clothing and jewelry from his fabulous new shop - TWO FEATHERS.  Roseta uses the photographs as a reference to guide her to the final painting.

She makes preliminary sketches before each shoot, working out the gesture and stance of the model that will translate into the story/painting that she has imagined. It's fascinating to watch her process, capturing the light, composition and details with her camera.

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Depending on the nuances of light that she wants for each painting, she will shoot either in her studio or outside in her beautiful open patio that sits between her studio and her house.

And, of course while she was 'shooting', I did my own CHASING portraits of Joaquin.

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Filled with light and beautiful details...

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Represented by    BLUE RAIN GALLERY

Recent Shows

Autry Museum - 2015 Masters of the West
January 31, 2015

Eiteljorg Museum - Invitational Show
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September 5-7, 2014



  1. Thank you for a beautiful feature on one of New Mexico's finest painters: Roseta Santiago. What a treat to bear witness to Roseta's sources of inspiration-- her artifacts, books, art, and her models, and to glimpse her process through your exquisite documentation of her preliminary sketches and studio. You honored her brilliant work. Congratulations to you both for the historical collaboration!!

  2. What a wonderful and thoughtful comment. I'll share your kind words with Roseta...