Rebecca Begay grew up in Crown Point, New Mexico.
Inspired to be an artist at an early age. Rebecca is pleased that her pursuits are slowly becoming reality. She was taught the Tufa Cast technique by her husband Darryl Dean and greatly enjoys it.
She says, “Working with the tufa, I am able to make both pictorial and abstract designs with my drawings, then carve them out and cast the piece. Because the material is soft, it’s difficult to get more than one cast form each carving. As a result, we rarely have a lot of inventory on hand, because we have to carve new tufa molds for nearly every cast.”
Although she has a degree in Secondary Art Education and has also taught high school art courses at Rehoboth Christian School, she decided the raising of her three sons is her first priority. Now, she creates jewelry along with her husband and hopes to fulfill other endeavors as an artist by creating more works of art in various mediums. Her next project is writing and illustrating children's books. She thanks and gives credit to God for her talent and all the other blessings in her life.
"The Inspiration of my art comes from within, who I am as a Navajo woman, mother, wife, artist and Christian. I love what I do." ∼ Rebecca Begay
AWARDS: 2008 SWAIA Fellowship Recipient
2008 Indian Market Best of Jewelry Classification
2009 with Husband Darryl Dean Begay won Indian Market “Best of Show” for a Concha Belt