Pigments used by the Southwest Native Americans from the historical period to present time are researched and featured in Lessons from the Spider Woman, a series of four paintings. Each painting tells a story of important mythology of the Southwest culture.
Spider Woman’s place in Native American culture equals not only that of Isis in Ancient Egypt but also Athena’s wisdom in Ancient Greece. Spider Woman lit up the night by creating the stars, taught women and children to weave splendid rugs and blankets. Lively stories describe her powers including how she made real people from clay. The naughty coyote, the shimmering dragonfly, and so many other creatures, and how they relate to art and culture of our American Southwest are featured here.