Linda Ortiz ... Artist

My artwork is influenced by my origins. I was born in Santa Fe, New Mexico where the blend of Native American, Spanish and Anglo cultures is unique. I am a product of that environment.  I am proud of that heritage and thankful for the voice it gives my work. I have always been fascinated by the Native American ceremonies and customs.  My art is an expression of that intrigue.  The beat of the drum, songs sung in ancient tongues, may you hear it through my artwork.


"Kokopelli Dress"
39x 25 x  3 ˝

Photo transfer on artist made paper, painted with watercolor, sculpted and sewn, enhanced with feathers, shells, sinew, and rattlesnake vertebrae.

"My Mother the Sea"
36 x 36 x 2
Handcast artist made paper feathers, painted and enhanced with sea shells.
This piece is sold unframed ...

"My Brother the Eagle"
36 x 36 x 2

Handcast artist made paper feathers, painted and enhanced with copper.

This piece is sold unframed ...


    "Red Storm’s Journey"
47 x 27 x 3 ˝
Artist made paper, colored with pulp, adorned with beads, feathers and shells, mounted on a handmade paper rug.

"Shirt for Ancient Ones"
27 x 36 x 3 1/2
Photo transfer on artist made paper painted with watercolor, sculpted, sewn, enhanced with buffalo head nickels, feathers and beads hung on willow stick with ocotillo cactus

"Hunter Shirt"
15 x 7 x 2
Photo transfer on artist made paper painted with watercolor, sewn, sculpted, and enhanced with beads.



 "In His Moccasins"
12 x 7 x 3
Handcast paper molded, painted and adorned with silver beads and sinew


"We Three, Kokopelli, Bear Clan" 
(From left to right)  
18’’ round   2 “ deep
 Three individual handcast artist made paper shields

"Dress for Walking Cloud"
42 x 27 x 3 ˝
Cotton and linen artist made paper, painted, sewn sculpted, and enhanced with ostrich eggshell disks, tin burden beads, leather pouch, trade beads, feather and hung by willow branch with ocotillo cactus


"Feather Moon, Cave Spirits, Sky Ladder"
(From Left to Right) 
18” round 2“ deep
Three individual handcast artist made paper shields


"Joyful Spirits"
6 x 4 x 1
Figures sculpted with handmade paper and paper pulp clay, painted and adorned with ribbon, beads and copper.


My handmade paper is created from cotton, wool and assorted fibers cut into small pieces and blended together with water.  Color comes from the fibers themselves or from added pigments. After using a mold and deckle to form the sheets of paper the art takes shape on a vacuum table.  The vacuum table extracts the majority of the water from the pulp, at that time I sculpt the piece into the desired shape.   Once the piece is dry, I sew, paint and add adornments.  I do not attempt to reproduce or duplicate actual Native American pieces.  I create my own visions and include a touch of fantasy.  I do incorporate many historic symbols into my art; feathers, shells, bones, beads, stone, wood, bear claws, elk’s teeth, horse hair, porcupine quills, fetishes and arrowheads. Ancient Native Americans’ aesthetic vision that beauty and function cannot be separated is evident in the art of their clothing.  I believe my interpretation of that vision reflects the essence and spirit of a distant past. 

Listen to the drum.  Watch the dance ...

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