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Ya’at’eeh Shí éí DALE RAY DEFOREST yinishyé

To' Ahanî nishłį́ do Biligaana ’éí bá shíshchíín. Tachii'nii dashicheii, do Biligaana dashinálí. My name is Dale Ray Deforest, I am Near to Water People, born for the folks my mother married into, my paternal grandfather's clan are the Red Running Into Water People while the rest of me grandparents are of Non-Indigenous variety.

If You'd like to work with me, shoot me an email at daledeforest@gmail.com or you can scroll down to see some of my works.

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Former Graphic Designer NOW Full-time Digital Illustrator

I grew up in the 4-Corners area of the Navajo Nation, around Shiprock and Farmington, New Mexico. I graduated High School from the Navajo Preparatory School in 1995 then studied 2-D Arts and Photography at the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA) in Santa Fe. I graduated IAIA in the summer of 2000. My primary practice is sequential and Digital Illustration. I employ high-contrast and thick lines to convey bold imagery matched with bright and vivid colors. Artwork that can be used to not only express, but captivate and manipulate thought and action has always been my goal as an artist.

illustration

I've been drawing all my life, much to my elementary school teachers' chagrin..

graphic design

Be patient with me, I'm still working on this space.

My Career and Education History & Timeline

Please look how happily boring my life has been.

1993 • 1995

Farmington, New Mexico

NAVAJO PREPARATORY SCHOOL

High School, where ambition is born


1997 • 2000

Santa Fe, New Mexico

INSTITUTE OF AMERICAN INDIAN ARTS

Completed IAIA with an emphasis in Photography


2000 • 2013

Santa Fe, New Mexico

The Santa Fe New Mexican

Employed for my skill in layout & design of advertisements in both print and web.


2013 • 2015

Albuquerque, New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE JOURNAL

Employed for my skill in layout & design of advertisements in both print and web, this time in Albuquerque.


2015 • 2019

Albuquerque, New Mexico

Route 66 casino hotel

Employed for my skill in layout & design of in-house graphics, promotion and signage.


2019 • PRESENT

Albuquerque, New Mexico

MY OWN BAD SELF, DALE DEFOREST ILLUSTRATION

Working from home, I now do digital illustration full time.

PORTFOLIO and online shop

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Portfolio Items

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AWESOME PEOPLE who dig my skill

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12 YEARS

OF FREELANCE

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© Dale Ray Deforest 2021.