An innate passion for life and its experiences governs Estella’s joy of artistic expression. Her passion for life originated at home in Jemez Pueblo where her grandmother and mother were important role models, both participating in the gentle yet demanding tasks of raising a young girl to womanhood. Titled, Making Good Magic, this hand-colored lithograph is a perfect example of her irrepressible and fundamental passion for life as Estella’s beautifully rendered koshare dances to create more magic.
“When I start a piece of artwork, I am caught up in the sacred process of inspiration and emotion, never knowing exactly where or what it will lead to,” writes Estella Loretto, SAR’s first Rollin and Mary Ella King Native American Artist Fellow in 2001. A renowned sculptor and painter, Estella is probably best known for her Blessed Kateri statue, which welcomes visitors to the entrance of Saint Francis Cathedral in downtown Santa Fe.