As a collector for over 45 years, I have personal knowledge and experience in searching out and finding genuine Native American Jewelry, Pottery and Arts. Every piece I sell is hand-picked by me in New Mexico, Arizona and the Pueblos and Reservations of the Southwest.
I was born and raised in Southern California. My first exposure to the Native American Culture was Palm Canyon outside of Palm Springs. The Ancestral Agua Caliente Indians lived there amongst the Giant Palms and life giving natural springs. My parents took me on walks there when we visited the area. It was, and is, a place of immense peace and calm that made an impression on me at a very young age. We moved to Virginia when I started high school to be near my grandparents. My grandfather had a Shenandoah River bottom farm where we would pick arrowheads out of the freshly turned soil. I was with him the day he pulled a perfect stone rolling pin out of the ground. He had bushels of arrowheads thousands of years old. I am a Virginian by heritage on both sides of my family from the 1700’s. I was drawn to Colorado to attend and graduate from the University of Colorado. I found my soul in the Rocky Mountains and made my first trip to Taos and Santa Fe soon after college. I purchased my first Native American Turquoise ring in Taos and have been collecting ever since. On that first trip to New Mexico, I visited San Ildefonso Pueblo and felt the same quiet as Palm Canyon. Too bad I was too poor to buy any of Maria Martinez’s Blackware Pottery back then!
I lived in Virginia for 45 years. But, I never lost my love of the West. I have “hunted” and collected Native American jewelry, pottery and art ever since purchasing that first Turquoise ring. It is a passion that my husband shares with me. Friends and relatives were always asking me to bring them authentic Native American jewelry and art from our regular travels out west. So, in 2007 I started Dragonfly Native American Jewelry out of my home. The website soon followed and I opened a boutique in 2012 in my hometown of Warrenton, Virginia . I love the fact that people who have the same passion or want to know more about Native arts find Dragonfly and me in an area of the country where very little that is genuine is available.
In April 2018 I realized my dream of moving to New Mexico permanently! I now live in Santa Fe and just love it! I am close to all the best sources of genuine Native American Art.
My other lifelong passion is horses. For over thirty years I owned a small farm, breeding, training, showing, foxhunting and judging hunter horse shows. I now look forward to trail rides into the high country of New Mexico and Colorado.
A Virginian by heritage and a westerner at heart—the best of both worlds! Did I mention I love to travel period?