Betty J. Padilla (Diné/Navajo) from Ganado, Arizona is a contemporary Native American jeweler. She resides in Santa Clara Pueblo with her husband and children. She has always wanted to make jewelry and was greatly inspired by her Godmother, Lucy “Year Flower” Tafoya.
She enrolled in her first jewelry making class at the Poeh Arts Program, her instructor was the renowned, Fritz Casuse. She has learned many techniques of making jewelry with the guidance and patience of Fritz Casuse.
She has had the opportunity to participate in several art shows throughout her “learning process.” She has participated in Native Treasures, SWAIA Indian Market, IFAM, and the Heard Museum Guild Art Show.
Right now she plans to continue “learning” (a continuous process) and create the jewelry she loves.