Raised in Santa Fe, New Mexico, I learned the craft of tinwork through my Grandmother, Angelina Delgado and Great Uncle Albert Delgado. I used tools passed down to me through generations of Delgado family tinsmiths and tools I created to match family designs.
New Mexico tinwork originated with Spanish silversmtihs who were unable to find enough silver to practice their craft. When the U.S. Army garrisons arrived in the New Mexico territory, they brought their supplies in tin containers. The silversmiths used this new material to create utilitarian art for the church and eventually this art filled local homes.
I'm in love the with culture and traditions of New Mexico.