this is a very recent piece, April 2011 (also available at Blue Rain Gallery Santa Fe)
using an ancient Wyandot/Iroquoian form , geometric pattern on the top and shoulder
and as contrast ,the opposite a very curving vine pattern on the belly of the piece.
When i first painted this one, the neck colors were much more intense, and there was a kind of “war” for attention
between the curvy pattern below and the geometric pattern on top. I toned down the geometric,
by applying stain and a slight burnishing with a brush,and it seemed to calm down the tension much better..