ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Kathi Turner

ARTIST STATEMENT

As a former longtime rancher, my work represents my connection to the earth and its beauty reflecting the simple, rustic, remote lifestyle of living and loving western ways in wide-open spaces. 

My intricate beadwork was inspired and taught to me by the elder women of the Yakima Indian Tribe. 

Moving forward with torch in hand, I learned to work with mixed-metal and hand-picked stones to create neckpieces and bracelets of Western, Southwestern and Contemporary design. 

As a unique niche, I celebrate my affinity for fellow ranchers by creating custom ranch brand pendants.

My studio is my solitary place – a place where I bring together all aspects of me – the artist, the rancher, the wife/mother/sister/daughter – each piece contains a little of my heart and soul and some of this beautiful world we live in. 


Kathi Turner is a mixed media jewelry designer creating earthy, simple, rustic wearable art/accessories that represent the heart of her lifestyle as a cattle rancher on the wide-open plains of eastern Washington and the remote high desert near the Nevada border line. Exquisitely constructed mixed metals, semi-precious stones and intricate glass bead artistry are the focal points of her exclusively one&only originals.

Born in Texas, raised in Arizona, Kathi was part of an on-the-move military family – living overseas in Japan and Germany and stateside in Wisconsin, California and Washington State.

A 51 year ranching adventure began in 1964 when she married Tom Turner. First stop: Ellensburg, Washington where her interest and love for Native American Indian culture originated. Largely self-taught – over a 14 year period, Kathi learned traditional beading techniques from the elder women of the Yakima Tribe.    

Kathi & Tom retired in 2008 and moved to Scottsdale in 2011.  Here in Arizona, her talent took a turn as she began to work with mixed metals and natural stones – creating her signature “Rustic Primitive” jewelry often naming pieces after local towns: Bisbee; Carefree; Flagstaff; Payson; Queen Creek, Tempe; Yuma. She follows her free spirit in designing neckpieces and bracelets with Western, Southwestern and Contemporary flair.

Holding a significant place in her heart, Turner creates custom ranch brand pendants, bracelets and key fobs that represent a family’s unique ranch markings – present, past or historic brands – and welcomes collaborations.

Kathi Turner currently works out of two beautiful studios, one in Winnemucca – Nevada’s cowboy and ranching country – one in North Scottsdale – in the heart of Arizona’s artistic world. Both are open by appointment. Commissions are welcome – see contact Kathi Turner kathi89445@yahoo.com  to make arrangements.

Visit High Desert Creations in North Scottsdale during the Hidden In The Hills Studio Tour & Sale held annually on the weekends before and after Thanksgiving. Click on hiddeninthehills.org for current dates and information.   

Commissions are welcome – contact Kathi Turner kathi89445@yahoo.com  to make arrangements.