Welcome to InyoArts
As a master Inyo Paiute artist (Inyo meaning a dwelling place of a Great Spirit), Michael Rogers makes handmade jewelry and bracelets designed after water rippling over a rock in a brook; inlayed rings with gem quality natural stones representing the rays of the sun appearing over the mountain tops. The ring stone colors are made to blend like a rainbow as clouds pass before the sun. He also combines the beautiful colors of flowers that grow in the mountains and the valley of Yosemite.
His spiritual relationship between the environment, his soul as an artist, and the Great Spirit of Life are represented in every piece he creates. The beauty of these abstract concepts and the timeless color interactions show that art in any form is a world of unlimited possibilities.
The high dome glaciered mountain rock cut formations of Yosemite provide the concept for his high dome jewelry in bracelets, rings, earrings and hair pieces.
His eagle feather jewelry represents the Inyo Paiute culture and tradition of the spiritual relationship in the eagle's role as the communicator between our Mother Earth and our Father the Great Spirit of the heaven. He hand sandcasts and hand fabricates bolos, bracelets, and rings in silver and gold. Some of his jewelry represents the petroglyph art made by the ancestors, the old ones.
His hallmark is the jackrabbit that has helped sustain the Paiute people of the Great Basin country for thousands of years. He feels that by incorporating his culture, tradition and the environment into his jewelry concepts that it provides a sense of timelessness and beauty that is forever present.