Born in 1979 in Farmington, NM and raised on the Navajo Indian Reservation in Shiprock, NM, Hyrum grew up in a family of Native American artists. Among them, he has received a lot of inspiration from his father, Oreland C Joe Sr., a well-known bronze and stone sculptor. After graduation from Kirtland Central High School, he studied figurative charcoal drawing and oil painting at Mesa Community College in Mesa, AZ under instructor Jim Garrison who taught with a deep admiration of the influences of the 19th century “European Masters”. There Hyrum was quickly drawn into his favorite subject matter, painting the Southwest Indian cultures and unique lifestyles from 1850-1950, a time period that is intriguing to him and is still somewhat accessible.
He recently has been showing his paintings through various art shows in New Mexico and Arizona including the more premiere shows of Santa Fe Indian Market, the Heard Museum Guild Indian Market and the George Phippen Memorial Western Art Show.
Today Hyrum gets his inspiration by seeking to live what he paints. Whether his paintings depict a couple of Northern Traditional Dancers at a pow wow, or an elderly Navajo couple at a Squaw Dance, he feels a need to be there, dancing, to get a true feeling and sense of what it has been like through years of history. In addition to his influence, Hyrum has studied, as well as appreciated the works of “Master Painter”, Howard Terpning, figure painter Ned Jacob and the late Christian-theme painter Harry Anderson.
With a strong desire to paint his people in a most authentic and respected manner, Hyrum admits his motivation comes from his wife, Celinda, little daughters Aspynn and Cienna and son Ouray (named after the Great Chief Peace Leader of the Colorado Utes).
Though coming mostly of Navajo ancestry he also has Southern Ute ancestry from his father, Hopi blood from both his mother and father’s sides and even some White Mountain Apache from his mother’s side.