Artist Bio: Yá’át’ééh. My name is Peyton Alex. I am from Teesto, a small community located on the Navajo Reservation. I am a self-taught illustrator and painter. I am also a second-generation silver smith. I am able to learn from mentors around the Navajo reservation, including my grandfather. I really enjoy learning from the older generations because they teach me art techniques while teaching me valuable life lessons to tie with it. I am thankful to the artists that help me and guide me the right way.

Artist Statement: This piece is an image of my nephew’s first pair of moccasins in between mine. I created it because I honestly love taking care of him. I enjoy the feeling of taking care of someone else before myself especially if it’s for my family. Personally, I feel like that’s one of the many ways that make you a good relative. Being someone who is happy to get another person ready before yourself, whether it’s a baby, grandparent, or someone injured. I also added “Ké Báá Hózhó” which translates into ‘family is beautiful’. Which I believe, the love that families have for each other is very beautiful to me.