Teddy Draper, Pintores Artist of the Month for April and Pintores Art Club Scholarship Recipient for 2003, was born on the Navajo reservation in Northeastern Arizona near Chinle and Canyon de Chelly. His father was a Navajo code talker in World War II as well as a well-known artist, as is his older brother, Teddy.
He is an enrolled member of the Navajo Tribe and believes there is a distinct sacredness in each of us that we cannot find alone. For him it was his grandmother who revealed this power.
Teddy, his wife and three children moved to Clovis in August 1999. After attending two elective drawing classes at Clovis Community College he found a hidden art talent and decided to change his educational path. In the fall of 2000 he became a full-time art student. Under the instruction of Bruce DeFoor he began to paint and sculpt.
He is talented in any medium he tries: sculpture, watercolor, oil, acrylic, charcoal, etc. He recently did a presentation for the Pintores Art Club, held at the Main Arteri. He finished a beautiful sculpture in the new concrete medium in the time it would have taken most people to decide what to create.
A majority of his art reflects his pride of his native people and their way of life. Portraits are in remembrance to all native American Indians who loved their land and their people so much they gave their lives for them.
His works in Arizona and New Mexico and currently shows his art at the Main Arteri Gallery in Clovis. His work will also be shown at the Clovis Carver Library during April.