Wes Willie grew up in the Navajo Nation as the son of a rancher. He spent the beginning of his adult work career as a contract welder and pipeliner. He attributes his mastery of working precious metals to this profession. And he has received exclusive instruction in inlay work by world-class jeweler Jesse Monongya. He also credits divine intervention as inspiration for his works of art.
He has showcased as one of the premiere master jewelers by Southwest Art Magazine. He has taken home first, second and third place ribbons in two different categories at the Santa Fe Indian Market. Many compare his work to the late, great and legendary Jeweler, Charles Loloma. His pieces are sought after all over the world, with collectors from Germany to Japan.
As an award winning artist Wes gives back to the community by serving as a mentor for willing apprentices. He is an active member of the Southwest Foundation whose proceeds is dedicated to giving back to the community.