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Since 1989 MerryJoy has been working with a mix of various media. She blends paint, sand, carved surfaces, carved stone, cabochons, feathers, beads, and natural wood, to create mystical works inspired by Puebloan mythology.

One series of these was titled, “Out of Starfire: Desert Dreams,” a collection of nine large, circular paintings depicting the artist's dreams that came in her sleep, a world peopled by dancing, magical figures telling ancient stories.

Most of that series has been sold and this page showcases these works.





MerryJoy 2012
The artist at Chaco in 2012

For inquiries contact Cameron & Associates. All content copyrighted by MaryJoy Martin, a.k.a. MerryJoy. Please obtain written permission or a contract from the artist or her representatives before using images.


Toho, Spirit in the Rock
TOHO, SPIRIT IN THE ROCK by MerryJoy © 1995
Cougar Kachina, a spirit of great power and hunting skill, materializes at sunset from the heart of desert stone. This painting is 4ft diameter, with carved petroglyphs in the surface, a carved sandstone inset, clay mask and feathers. This won First Place at the national Artists Alpine Holiday 35th Annual Exhibit in 1995. [Sold: $4800] To see details of the painting, click here.

Nataska by MerryJoy 1998
NATASKA: NIGHT SPIRITS by MerryJoy © 1998
The Ogre Kachina comes out of the shadows, popping his teeth, looking for children to eat. Spirits of the dead and spirits of the dark accompany him. This painting is 3ft diameter, with carved petroglyphs in the surface, cast faces, mahogony fetishes, cabochons, beads and feathers. [$3600] To see details of the painting, click here.


Pakwamana by MerryJoy 1997
PAKWAMANA: SPIRIT OF FROG PLACE by MerryJoy © 1997
Frog Woman was a 12th century Puebloan buried in the ruins at Dolores, Colorado. She was buried with a Frog fetish that is replicated in various ways in this 3ft diameter painting, which has carved frog petroglyphs in the surface, hand-carved flute, mahogony frog fetish, cabochons, beads, shells and feathers. Frog Woman and her frogs bring rain to a desert people with the Sky Spirits in the clouds above. [Sold: $3600] To see details of the painting, click here.


Maasaw by MerryJoy 1998
MAASAW: OUT OF STARFIRE AND STONE by MerryJoy © 1998
Maasaw, powerful deity of fire and war, protector of Earth and guardian of the dead, is a majestic warrior beneath a terrifying mask of burnt flesh and shaggy robes. Born of the stars, he breaks through ancient stone images into life. Carved as relief figures, this is from a dream the artist had while camping at the Great Gallery in Horseshoe Canyon. [Sold: $1500] To see details of the painting, click here.


Prayers to Our Ancestors by MerryJoy
PRAYERS TO OUR ANCESTORS by MerryJoy © 1998
The bones of our ancestors rest in the earth, but their spirits remain with us. Our prayers reach into the earth, out of the ruins, into the wind, bringing our ancestors to us. Carved surface, natural wood, turquoise beads, 20inch diameter. [Sold: $800] To see details of the painting, click here.


Pakwabi by MerryJoy 1998


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PAKWABI: FROG PLACE by MerryJoy © 1998
The Frog, an important water symbol to the desert people, evokes the hidden life force of Maasaw. Carved petroglyphs and relief, gemstone cabochons, and gemstone frog fetishes, 15inch diameter. [Sold: $700]


Sipapu by MerryJoy 1998


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SIPAPU by MerryJoy © 1998
Sipapu is the Place of Emergence from where all creatures came to this world from the underworld. The Koyemsi peers through the Sipapu as he emerges from the mud. Carved paaho (prayer stick), beads, feathers, 12inch diameter. [Sold: $400]


Sunset Kiva of Spider Woman by MerryJoy 1998
IN THE SUNSET KIVA OF SPIDER WOMAN by MerryJoy © 1998
At the end of the day the Sun goes to rest in the Kiva of Spider Woman. There, this timeless Grandmother of Grandmothers becomes a beautiful maiden. Cast face, carved relief surface, beads, feathers, 11inch diameter. [Sold: $400] Detail of the face is at the left of the round painting above.


Fire Lizards by MerryJoy 1998

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FIRE LIZARDS by MerryJoy © 1998
The mysterious lizards that emerge unscathed by flame belong to Maasaw. Carved lizards, howlite and onyx cabochons, 11inch diameter. [Sold: $400]


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