Richard Gorman

Richard Gorman

Richard Gorman's background is as varied as his art. As an artist his works extend from katsina carving to abstract painting and much else in between. His ancestral background is both Hopi and Navajo. Although Richard is welcome in both the Navajo and Hopi tribes, he is considered Hopi, not Navajo. Richard’s mother, Clara Pahoema, is Hopi and his father, Bobby Gorman, is Navajo. Both the Hopi and the Navajo consider children to be born into the mother's tribe, clan and family. Because of the Gorman last name Richard is often erroneously identified with the well-known Navajo artist R. C. Gorman. There does appear to be a distant relationship, even though when asked, Richard stated that he is unaware of any. Richards great uncle on his father's side is Carl Gorman, the noted Navajo code talker form World War II. Likewise, R.C. Gormans father is also a famous code talker named Carl Gorman. We are unaware of more than one Carl Gorman who was a Navajo code talker!

Richard was born in 1962 in Keams Canyon, Arizona and raised on First Mesa, Polacca, Arizona. Richard had little more than a passing interest in art until his stint in the US military. In his early years he was a bit wild and rebellious, however, during his four years in the Army he spent a tour of duty in Germany where he saw the work of Bavarian wood carvers. This had a profound effect on him and he began to envision his own future as a carver after his military duty. He states that his work is influenced by his culture, both Hopi and Navajo, and other artists such as painter/carver, Neil David, Sr.; painter, Helen Hardin; jeweler, Charles Loloma; and others. Richard is better known, by many collectors, for his paintings as he is more prolific in that medium and he relies on it for a more consistent source of income. He states that painting allows him a greater freedom to experiment and create. It is very therapeutic and soothing for him. The Helen Hardin influence is evident in his abstract work but it is not just an extrapolation of what she did. Richard is moving in his own direction to create his own unique style.

Richard has shown his work at various shows around the country such as the Pueblo Grande Museum, Heard Museum, Eitlejoge Museum, Native American Film Festival in San Francisco, CA, Kansas Indian Market , White Mountain Native American Art Festival and the Gallup Ceremonial. At several of these shows he won awards for both his paintings and katsina carvings. It was because of Richard that Cristofs resumed carrying katsina dolls after a hiatus of about ten years. Richard came into Cristof's one day about six years ago with two "Clown" katsinas to sell. We had just started our private collection of the koshari having purchased a koshari painting by Neil David at Indian Market that year. W hen we saw these two carvings of Richards we purchased them both for our private collection.

Sizing

Although the best way to test the size and fit of a piece of jewelry is to try it on in the store, we know that is not always an option. In an effort to help you choose the piece that is right for you, we have included measurements of each piece on the website. Here is how our measurements are defined:

Bracelets

Finding the right size bracelet for your wrist has always been a tricky endeavor, since, unlike rings, there isn't a standardized, universal sizing chart for wrist size. One reason for this is that we all have different shaped wrists, some of us have round wrists, while others have more oval. Bracelets, like wrists, also have different shapes.

So, while bracelet sizing will never be an exact science, we've done what we can to ensure the greatest chance of a comfortable fit. The best thing you can do if you don't know your wrist size is to take a soft measuring tape and loosely measure the circumference of your wrist at the point you plan on wearing it. Try not to have the measuring tape dig into your skin, as this will result in a smaller than ideal size. Once you have the circumference of your wrist, compare it to the chart below to find the correct bracelet size. If your wrist measures in-between two sizes, we recommend rounding up to the larger size. (ie: if your wrist measures 6.375"- you should shop for size "Medium" bracelets.)

 Wrist Circumference

Corresponding Bracelet Size

5.5"

XX-Small

5.75"

Extra-Small

6"

Small

6.25"

Small-Medium

6.5"

Medium

6.75" - 7"

Medium-Large

7.25"

Large

7.5"

Extra-Large

7.75"

XX-Large

8"

XXX-Large

 

You may want to drill down further on the bracelet sizing to make sure the cuff is a comfortable fit. You will notice on our website that we generally list four measurements for bracelets:

Keep in mind that certain bracelets can be adjusted slightly to fit your wrist, but those with inlay or stones all the way around will be damaged if bent. In any case, it is always best to check with with us to see if a particular bracelet is adjustable.

Lastly, have no fear! If you order a bracelet that doesn't fit, send it back for one that does! We want this to be a positive experience, you should never wear something that isn't 100% comfortable. More on our return policy here.

Buckles

Sizing belt buckles is pretty straightforward. The height and width are self-explanatory, and the belt width describes the maximum belt width the buckle will fit on.

Concha Belts

We try to include the height and width for the conchas, as well as the buckle (if different), and the width of the belt they are on. The length of the concha belts can be less important, because these belts are often made quite long to accommodate many waist sizes, and then can be shortened to fit the wearer. If you are concerned whether or not a belt will fit you, just ask. We are happy to size most of our concha belts before shipping.