About A. Wayne "Tay Sha" Earles
My given Caddo name, Tay-Sha, originally meant wolf, but the wolf takes you to the other side when you pass on...he is your guide and therefore your friend. The Caddoan tribes used this word to describe their friends & allies, but Spanish explorers & missionaries upon hearing this word, pronounced it "Tejas". The state name of Texas comes from this word. So, the state of Texas is named after me...just kidding, I'm not that old :-), but it is true of the state name.
Born in Hinton, OK and raised to age eleven on a farm near Cedar Lake, I frequently explored the red rock (Sandstone) canyons wondering if I could carve something from the Sandstone. I also had stone & arrowhead collections, so stone has always been an important interest to me. Art has also been a part of my life, with a Grandfather & Uncle both artists, I grew up loving art. Selling my first artwork, a colored pencil Buffalo drawing, at age nine, I went on to El Reno high school with a growing interest in art. However, while earning a degree at Oklahoma University I decided against an art degree, which may have been a mistake. But, I did take some elective art classes that have been helpful in my artwork. During my employment history with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Indian Health Service, I developed a side interest in photography displaying my photos for a few years at Oklahoma City & surrounding area Art festivals.
After my sons with Fine Arts degrees, began getting into Art festivals & galleries, they encouraged me to return to art. As Caddo Nation members, my sons thoroughly researched our art & culture resulting in their art revealing the beautiful ancient traditional Caddo designs, but also sometimes their own contemporary variations. This rekindled my desire to finally pursue my interest in Stone, so after some extensive stonework art research, I ventured somewhat tentatively into Stonework Art in 2015.
My work consists of two lines of Stonework art - Cultural Stonework and Contemporary Stone Jewelry with ancient traditional Caddo/Spiro engraved designs. Using only handtools (no power), rasps, files and sandpaper, I create my art by carving from rough stone, the softer variety such as Soapstone, Pipestone & Alabaster. My Cultural Stonework is inspired by discovered ancient Caddo lithic (stone) artifacts mostly found at Spiro Mounds in northeastern Oklahoma. These inspired creations represent my versions of the ancient Monolithic Axes, Ceremonial Maces, Batons, Chunkey Stones & Bannerstones. The Contemporary Stone Jewelry line consists of stone Pendant and Gorget necklaces/chokers with engraving inspired by the beautiful and intricate ancient Caddo/Spiro Pottery designs and designs found on their shell, stonework and other artifacts. The stones are attached to leather cord of various colors & thicknesses while being finished with silver or copper findings.
From 2015 to 2017, I have displayed my work at Art festivals & shows as shown below, winning four 1st place awards, one 2nd and three 3rd place awards. In addition to providing an outlet to express my art, I hope that my Stonework art might catch the interest of Caddo youth, making them realize how very intricate and beautifully artistic their own ancient Caddo Pottery, shell & other artifact designs are. Hopefully, this might inspire them to pursue the continuation of some type of Caddo art. It would also be rewarding to see my art inspire even youth from other tribes to continue their own tribe's art.
* Ist Place- Cultural Weaponry(Monolithic Axe#1), Artesian Arts Festival, Sulphur, OK- 2015
* 3rd Place- Cultural(Monolithic Axe#1), Red Earth, Oklahoma City, OK 2015
* Ist Place- Cultural Weaponry(Monolithic Axe#1), SEASAM, Tishomingo, OK 2015
* Ist Place- Cultural Weaponry(Ceremonial Mace#2), Artesian Arts Festival, Sulphur, OK 2016
* 3rd Place- Cultural(Ceremonial Mace#2), Red Earth, Oklahoma City, OK 2016
* 2nd Place- Cultural Weaponry(Monolithic Axe#2), Artesian Arts Festival, Sulphur, OK 2017
* Ist Place- Cultural(Monolithic Axe#2), Red Earth, Oklahoma City, OK 2017
* 3rd Place- Jewelry-Stone(Gorget#3), SEASAM, Tishomingo, OK 2017
OTHER HONORS & RECOGNITION:
* Caddo Culture Day at Caddo Mounds, Alto, TX- $450 Contract award- 2015
* Caddo Culture Day at Caddo Mounds, Alto, TX- $450 Contract award- 2016
* Chickasaw's Contemporary Caddo Arts Exhib., Chokma'si Gallery, Ada, OK- $400 Contract award- 2017
* Caddo Culture Day at Caddo Mounds, Alto, TX- $400 Contract award- 2017
ACCEPTANCE INTO OTHER COMPETITIVE/ NON-COMPETITIVE MARKETS:
* Caddo Festival/Symposium, Oklahoma City, OK- 2015, 2016
* Haskell Indian Art Market, Lawrence, KS- 2015
* Southern Association of Collegiate Registrars & Admin.Officers Annual Event, Oklahoma City, OK- 2016
* Cherokee Trail of Tears Art Show & Sale, Tahlequah, OK- 2016
* Northwestern State Univ.of Louisiana Folklife Festival, Natchitoches, LA- 2016
* Cherokee National Holiday Art Show, Tahlequah, OK- 2016
* SEASAM(Southeastern Art Show & Market), Tishomingo, OK- 2016
* Cherokee Art Market, Tulsa, OK- 2016
* Caddo Festival/Symposium, Sam Noble Museum, Norman, OK- 2017
* Jacobson House Holiday Art Market, Norman, OK- 2017
PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATION & AFFILIATIONS:
* SEIAA (Southeastern Indian Artists Association- 2017
* Chokma'si Gallery- 2015-2017
* 2Sculpt 2017 Catalog- vol.0117, p.33- Photo of "P'-i-ta-u-ni-wan'-ha"= To have power from (Monolithic Axe#1- a garfish effigy)
* First American Art magazine- No.15.Summer 2017, p.25-27- Article paragraph & other comments, plus photo of "P'-i-ta-u-ni-wan'-ha"= To have power from (Monolithic Axe#1- a garfish effigy)