Judy Littewing DeRosa - Native American Artist / Spiritual Guide
Photo © David Hoffman
Name of Person: Judy Littewing DeRosa
Judy DeRosa, an Echota Cherokee, is a versatile artist who works in many media including painting, collage, monoprint, and jewelry.
DeRosa began painting in 1955. Symbolism from diverse cultures is incorporated in her iconic visionary art. This path has brought a depth of personal understanding of indigenous traditions. As a Reiki practitioner, and a nondenominational minister since 1972, Ms. DeRosa uses the universal energies as her guide and dedicates her life to her art with the intent of enlightenment for her patrons.
Judy pursues other artistic forms of expression such as glass fusion, photography, ceramics, sculpture, and mask making. She also teaches specialized classes in dream work, precious metal clay, and sacred vessel gourd work.
After working in the prison system as the Native American Chaplain for the various tribal groups she said; “... people would ask me how could they get into jail to take my classes!”
Ms DeRosa has taken her teachings out to the free world where people can use the information in a better atmosphere.
As a visionary artist, DeRosa’s work beautifully expresses the spiritual yearnings of this age. She is a joyful messenger for this new millennium. Her collectors span the globe from Kyoto, Japan to London, England.
Rev. Dr. Judy (Littlewing) DeRosa has lived in the sierra mountain area for 14 years.
Littlewing creates special ceremonies for weddings, births, deaths and personal blessings for many of life's changes. She teaches dream classes, sacred vessel workshops and sacred feather workshops. Ms. DeRosa carries respect for the land and environment that surrounds her. Through her beautiful ceremonies she employs awareness for the sacred water and land that surrounds the Sierra Mountain Range. She also shares her native wisdom through private consultations with people seeking spiritual guidance. Her artworks can be viewed at Williams Gallery West in Oakhurst.
DeRosa worked for the Valley State Women’s Prison teaching art and as the Native American Spiritual Leader. She conducted several "Empty Bowl Projects" where people created hand made bowls to be sold for fundraising. Donations raised are then used to provide food for the community. She received her Doctoral in 2007 and is involved in volunteering for the various art projects with the Sierra Art Trails non profit organization in Oakhurst.