I was born in 1973 to Tony and Lou Da in Santa Fe, New Mexico. My father is a Native American from the San Ildefonso Pueblo in northern New Mexico. I grew up living in the four corners of the southwest. Much of my time was spent traveling up and down the Continental Divide of southwestern Colorado to San Ildefonso Pueblo and Santa Fe. Staying close to my native roots, I learned to live my life by merging the two worlds of a contemporary lifestyle with the native way of life.
When I was young, living in secluded areas like the Rocky Mountains and the High Plains of New Mexico, I learned to have a creative imagination which in turn gave me an appreciation for nature and all its mysteries. The complex patterns and colors of the world influence my artwork. I am driven to best replicate that perfection we see in the natural world. The driving influence of my life is to create interpretations of what I see as a way of celebrating the greatness and beauty all around us.
Through my artwork, I contemplate the constant struggle between the ever expanding modern world and the natural world. I see art as a link between past and present. As a child I watched my great grandmother, Maria Martinez, bring the images of our culture to the world through pottery. I sat in my father’s studio watching the way he translated those images into his own vision. Through the process of creation, I am joining my ancestors and honoring my culture, and I am also attempting to send a message of optimism to those generations yet to come.