Resilience by Jerry Brown

Resilience by Jerry Brown (2020)

Resilience means knowing how to work through setbacks, or barriers, or limited resources. Resilience is a measure of how much we want something and how much we are willing to do to achieve it. Resilience is a word I have heard often in my life. This mural represents how our community has worked in the face of adversity. How we work on changing and adapting to meet new challenges. How we continue trying to work together to move forward.

About the imagery:

The birds are all found in our region of New Mexico. The Bluebird is made up of cool colors, it represents joy, happiness, and peace. The Varied Thrush is made up of warm colors. It is a symbol of speaking our truth and to pay attention to the language we use. The Hummingbird is in vibrant in colors. It represents good luck.

The bee is a symbol of community, of being wise with our natural resources.

The fly (can you find it?) can be a reference to the unhealthy nature of our relationships, it can also be a sign of persistence. 

Thank you to BNSF Railway Foundation for funding this mural, to Dental Innovations and Tanner’s Indian Arts for helping to make this possible.


214 W Aztec Ave, Gallup, NM 87301
(In the alley on the side of Dental Innovations)

About the Artist

Jerry Brown is Diné, from Mariano Lake, NM. “I am born into the Edgewater People, for the Deer Spring Band. I state this because being Diné is part of who I am. I am proud of this, it is one of the many influences in my work.”