Art Brokerage: C.J. Wells American Artist: CJ Wells is a Santa Fe artist and poet of Native American and Hispanic American descent. Her paintings often reflect her Spanish and American Indian heritage. Her portraits of American Indian warriors and childern often depict her subjects with glowing yellow eyes signifying traditional respect for the holiness of the Earth and animals. As TAOS Magazine states, Well's paintings present a fascinating contrast between the solemn faces of her subjects and the lush color and detail that surround them. Her images have an abstract, timeless quality. The warriors are set against dark backgrounds or cloudy skies, and their yellow eyes seem to gaze out beyond the viewer. They appear to be listening to an inner voice or contemplating the past. Each one is an elegant, aristocratic presence surrounded by mystery and drama. CJ also creates poetry that relates to her works and is inspired by them. The poems come from deep within me, she says. They give voice to the pensive figures of the paintings in haunting, otherwordly verse. Her studio can be found these days in Santa Fe, but Wells spent fourteen years in Scottsdale before returning to Santa Fe in 2001 at the time of her father's death. She says she has come to stay. Currently single, the mother of two grown children (a daughter and a son) and with four grandchildren, she finds herself in a position to pursue her art without restriction.