Charlene Reano of San Felipe is married into the Reano family. Santo Domingans are well-known for their inlay work. Charlene's inlaid earrings and bracelets have the appearance of intricate, colorful tiles -- a mosaic of rich color and pattern.
The type of inlay work created by Charlene and her in-laws has a revered history dating back to their Anasazi ancestors. Stunning earrings and pendants have been unearthed from ancient dwellings -- extraordinary pieces made by patient hands one thousand years ago.
Charlene says, "My inspiration stems from the jewelry worn during the traditional dances.I take pride in my work and strive to continue to grow in my designs and within my own spirit."
Charlene's intricate work has been recognized with ribbons and awards at Eight Northern Pueblo and the prestigious Santa Fe Indian Market.
To the right, Charlene is photographed with her husband, Frank Reano.