Leo was born and raised at Black Mesa, Arizona and currently resides in Flagstaff, AZ with his wife, Carolyn.He became interested in jewelry-making while taking an elective class in metal-smithing when he was pursuing studies in sociology at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff.He has been designing and making fine jewelry on a full time basis for about 26 years ever since.
His exposure to Navajo traditional culture and teachings in his home influenced his work designs. He credits his late grand-mother and late mother’s “storm pattern” rug weaving designs along with his religious influences for his creativity. His work features unique designs in silver and gold with stone settings in turquoise, red and pink coral, sugilite, lapis, opal, and various other quality gemstones. Some of his work may have some inlay work to highlight the stones and designs used.
He has won numerous awards and recognition in several states: Arizona, New Mexico, California, etc. Leo’s work is shown and for sale in galleries in Flagstaff, Sedona, Jacob Lake, Scottsdale, & Tucson, AZ; Austin, TX; Somers, NY; Washington, DC; Chicago, IL; Albuquerque, NM; Dana Point, CA; Indianapolis, IN, and various other galleries throughout the country. He is also a member of the Indian Arts and Crafts Association and still to this day enjoys his work very much.