From the Publisher
"Artist Jonathan Warm Day employs a striking contemporary visual expression to allow us a candid view into the intimate communal life of Taos Pueblo as it was long ago. His charming primitive style, love of vivid color and strong use of space are distinctive elements of his work. His paintings are animated, open and warmly inviting, revealing the enchanting serenity and gracefulness of life lived close to nature. Jonathan is also inspired by his mother, Eva Mirabal (Eah-Ha-Wa), who was a well-known artist herself, and by his strong connection to the private spiritual life of his Pueblo community. As appealing as this rich pastoral world is, it is vanishing quickly, even in Warm Days lifetime. He is committed, therefore, to preserving his cultural heritage as best he can through his paintings, faithful as they are to both the timeless and the momentary. Thus he gives to his childrenand to all of usa remarkable record of a Native lifestyle, intimately known and! nostalgically recalled." (Taos Talking Picture Festival program)
Taos Pueblo artist Jonathan Warm Day depicts scenes of Pueblo life drawn from his many childhood memories, following his people through the four seasons in story and art. His intricate and brilliantly colored original acrylic paintings illuminate the writing, which describes the traditions and customs that are now part of the heritage of the people of Taos Pueblo. This is a book to be cherished by children and adults alike.
About the Author
Jonathan Warm Day, a native of Taos Pueblo, began wood carving as a child and eventually became interested in drawing. He learned painting from his mother, Eva Mirabal, an artist herself who had been a student at the Santa Fe Indian School during its artistic renaissance under the direction of Dorothy Dunn. After graduating from Taos High School, Warm Day attended Diné College in Tsaile, Arizona, then studied art at the University of New Mexico. His paintings are included in several important collections and have been exhibited in various galleries. Warm Day lives in Taos with his two daughters, Carly and Jade, both high school athletes. He makes his living as an artist and storyteller.<P> The stories in the book are drawn from both Warm Days personal experiences and his familys oral traditions. He says about this book, "Already some of these traditions are no longer being practiced, so I created this work to help keep them alive for future generations. I also hope that knowledge of this way of living in harmony with one another, nature and the seasons of life can help make the world outside of Taos Pueblo a better place."