As you all may have noticed, we have recently changed our signature surface logo. A Native artist created the original logo for us. The Sunface logo really fits our feeling of positive energy and Native style in the turquoise sky. However, some Native communities prefer that the symbol is not used publicly. We have not been asked to change the logo and have a right to use it; but in an effort to respect the elders of all Native communities we feel that it was time to create something completely unique.
We would like to give special thanks to Duane Koyawena of the Hopi Tribe. We have a lot of respect for his creativity and professionalism as an artist. His understanding of shape and color while using traditional elements in his modern style make his work balanced and captivating. This is why we asked Duane to help us design our new logo for our popular online jewelry store. Duane worked quickly and added an element that our store needed. If you get a chance, check out his art. He has a beautiful line of hand painted and printed clothing. Thank you Duane and we hope to work with you again in the future.
I am a self taught artist. Been doing art since childhood. I was born in Ft. Wainwright, AK to an Air Force father, Lloyd Koyawena (Hopi), and my mother, Carol Keevama (Hopi/Tewa). I am Hopi from Second Mesa, AZ and Tewa from San Juan, NM. I have two older sisters. I grew up in Albuquerque, NM and graduated high school in 1999. I briefly studied liberal arts at community college before moving to Flagstaff AZ in 2002. I have definitely put the struggle in “struggling artist” by having had a serious addiction to alcohol for most of my youth.
My art is highly influenced by my father who was also an artist in his own right. Sadly, my father lost his life to alcoholism. The devastating loss of my father ironically influenced my own destructive path with alcohol. It was during this dark period that I felt my art was impure. That all changed in 2008 when I finally began my road to sobriety and reestablished with my Hopi way of life. By embracing my traditional teachings and culture, my art is pure again. Drawing/painting inspiration from my past, my sobriety, my family, and most importantly, my Hopi identity – I am better able to affect positive energy to help myself and others live a balanced and happy life.
Today, I compliment my art work with desire to help others. I am currently working for the Behavioral Health department at the Flagstaff Medical Center. It is through this position that I am able to give back. Striving to live one day at a time for myself and my daughter, I do my best to surround myself with beauty – one pencil or brush stroke at a time.
BEAUTY IS ALL AROUND, LIFE IS ALL AROUND. WE SHOULD RESPECT IT. LIVE STRONG. IF STRUGGLES COME UP WE NEED TO LOOK WITHIN, WITH AN OPEN HEART AND MIND, TO ASK FOR HELP. STRUGGLES CAN BE OVERCOME WITH PERSEVERANCE AND HARD WORK. I’M NOT PERFECT AND WILL NEVER BE, BUT I PRAY, DO MY BEST, HELP WHEN I CAN, AND LIVE LIFE IN GRATITUDE.
To see more of Duane and his work, please check out his website (http://www.duanekoyawena.com/) or his Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/DuaneKoyawenaArts?fref=ts)
Thank you again.