Gene has always been fascinated with the arts and was encouraged to further his art talents by his mother at a very young age. Gene graduated
from New Mexico Highlands University with a BA in the Arts and has taught art at different grade levels. He learned his tin working from a third
generation master tin smith, Angelina Delgado Martinez. He fell in love with the traditional nature of the craft of tin working and its cultural significance
He has taught many facets of the arts to many children throughout the state In order to help students with special needs, he also received his
MA degree in Counseling and had additional coursework in Art Therapy. In the 80’s, Gene’s artwork has been featured in local newspapers,
The Victorian Gazette and Las Vegas Independent. Currently, Gene is a retired elementary school principal.
Gene is most noted for his painting, photography and tin work. His painting is done on sliced deer/elk antler. Gene paints miniature Santos on
sliced deer horn and they in turn are made to wear as a necklace or it can be placed in a tin shadow box framed for display as an art piece.
This work is very unique and one of a kind. Gene paints any Santo upon request.
Gene’s photography is generally comprised of Northern New Mexico scenes. Gene loves the colors and textures that are unique to New Mexico
and his photography captures the past and uniqueness of the area. Gene has taught photography and pinhole photography to many of his students
throughout the state. Some of Gene’s photographs range from 2"x3" to 20"x30" framed or unframed. Prices are very reasonable.
Gene’s tin work is very unique. Although most tin work is traditional in nature, Gene’s tin work is very contemporary with a touch of traditional.
His trade mark is the use of precious stones that are set into the pieces. Gene manufactures his own punches for the punched tin. Many unique
features can be found in Gene’s tin work pieces from abstract forms to watercolors paintings inserted into some of the pieces. Many of Gene’s tin
work pieces are lampshades, tea lights, crosses, mirrors, Christmas decorations and 3 dimensional sculptural pieces.