Lylah Antares Jarvis grew up in a small town on the Navajo Reservation and on 40 acres in the mountains in Colorado. Her memories of her childhood, her connection to the Navajo culture, the land, and relationships to her family and friends inspire so much of her artwork. Having spent her Junior year of high school in New Zealand, college in Maine and then finishing in her hometown, Durango, Colorado, Lylah learned to incorporate her life experience into her work. With a BA in drawing and printmaking from Fort Lewis College, Lylah laid the foundation for her design which influences her work in blown glass, beadwork, and textile arts. Lylah appreciates the control, skill, and discipline required in the field fine art as well as the freedom and playful creativity that her art has become.
She also teaches art with children and finds joy in balancing the creative and the technical aspects of creating work. Her inspiration and ideas are greatly influenced by her deep connection to nature, the cultures she grew up with and by her close friends and family.