Oreland Joe was born into a creative and talented family. Son of a silversmith and painter, along with the musical attributes of his mother, he learned to appreciate the rich diversity of his culture. As a young individual he found his passion of the arts and accredits his high school art instructor for the teachings of the fundamentals to creativity.
Early in life, he was fortunate enough to travel abroad to France with a Native American dance group. The art culture intrigued him and he wanted to study more in the medium of stone sculpture, so he traveled to Italy. Studying the works of master sculpture Antonio Canova he learned a range of carving techniques and styles which left a lasting impression on him and continues to be an influence on Oreland’s work in stone which he incorporates in his masterpieces today.
Oreland is an accomplished artist as a sculptor and oil painter. His awards are numerous; winning gold and silver medals at the annual “Cowboy Artist of America Show”. A retrospective at the Gilcrease Museum and a recipient of the New Mexico Governors Award for Excellence, Oreland has also received awards at the “National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum” and at the “Autry Masters Show”
Born of the Navajo and Southern Ute, Oreland’s work continues to embrace and reflect the beauty and traditions of his native heritage. His work can be seen at Insight Galleries in Fredrickburg, TX; Claggetrey Gallery in Vail, CO and Legacy Galleries in Scottsdale, AZ.