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Hi I'm Gregg

I live in the Washington D.C., I am an artist, activist and a member of the Paiute Tribe of Pyramid lake. I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I am a husband, a father, an Indigenous person, a full time artist and activist. I have lived in the Washington DC area for about 15 years. I converted in February 20, 1994, and it changed everything in my life, putting me on an incredibly path. One of the things that is fortunate about being an Indigenous person of the North American continent is that my voice is my own, but also speaks to activism. This is concept that I have not only embraced, but incorporated into my life and home. I am Shoshone, Washoe and a member of the Paiute Tribe of Pyramid Lake. This plays a roll in my artistic voice, as well as my voice as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Most of my friends are not terribly religious, tend to live lives that are different than mine in many ways, but they are my friends, my peers and respected professionals in the art community of Washington DC. I am a painter, a performance artist, a designer, filmmaker, conceptual artist as well as an activist for Indigenous causes. I speak publicly for Indigenous causes, but also lecture about ideas and philosophies concerning Native people as it pertains to American culture, pop-culture and art. I have been on The Daily Show, had my work showcased in the Washington Post and The Huffington Post regularly in addition to many other news outlets. I am in a unique place to be a up and coming voice in Indian Country, a contemporary artist, and a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Why I am a Mormon

When I initially joined The Church, it was about the gospel, and the way the gospel is consistent and sustaining of family. Once that was in place, it was about having a family of my own. A larger family than what I grew up in. Some 20 years later, I have a good sized family, doing what I love, upheld by my God given talents and abilities with enormous blessings temporally and spiritually. After 20 years, I can honestly say that THIS is why I became a Mormon. This is what I had envisioned when I walked in to the waters of baptism. A good life, a good family, a moral ideal that carries and sustains us daily. My life is enormously blessed as a result of that decision of entering the waters of baptism. Despite bumps and bruises along the way, my membership in this Church holds me up.

How I live my faith

In my household, there is significant reliance upon the blessings needed to keep my family going. Much like a small business, I am working all the time, and with the constant support of my wife, we are able to make it work. We live in a position of complete faith in following personal revelation that has put us in a position to rely upon my abilities to provide. Further, I am doing work that sustains and helps to build up my people to contribute in the building up of Indigenous people. Honoring my family as well as my ancestors while using my Indigenous voice thru my art enriches my home and my family life, thus harboring a close family unit that is reliant upon the spirit in all things. We are fortunate to have the understanding we have, and even more so to have each other. We often find ourselves reflecting on the world around us in a way that helps keep us grounded in the gospel, and striving to contribute to the betterment of the world we live in. Art is an incredibly powerful tool, one that wields that power to create dialog with issues that affect not just Native people, but my family as well. The level of respect we hold ourselves to as members of The Church carries over in the way I represent myself and my voice in my artwork.