Rhett lives and works in Alameda, New Mexico. In his thirty plus years as a professional artist, he has found expression in a variety of mediums: hand-woven tapestries, sculpture, drawings, monotypes, paintings in oil and acrylic, writing, acting in films, and developing the motion picture production company, Heap Big Films.
Always seeking to expand his visual vocabulary, Rhett consistently experiments with various materials in order to bring more power, life, and intensity to his art. Rhett's broad range of subject matter: the human form, animals, landscapes, icons, archetypes, myth and legend, are depicted realistically to pure abstract, whimsical to mystical. Rhett refers to his work as a visual journal, recording his experiences as a tourist of life. His work is a testament to the deeply powerful symbols found in the well of his Indigenous heritage. His work conveys a universal message, which crosses all cultural boundaries. Although varying greatly in medium and subject matter, all of Rhett's work contains a common thread, intensity of color interwoven with multifaceted intent. His paintings and writing are deeply personal, complex and moving, sometimes disturbingly so. Viewing Rhett's works provides an interactive experience provoking thought, evoking emotion, and leaving a lasting imprint on the psyche.
Rhett's work, which has appreciated consistently in value over three decades, attracts a broad range of collectors, veteran as well as neophyte, from entertainment and political personalities, to church parishes and corporations such as CNN.
Lynch, who grew up in Lubbock, TX, and studied at Texas Tech University, says that he considers himself an artist who “happens to be Navajo,” adding that he never had the reservation experience. Nonetheless, he draws substantially from the spirituality that nature provides, especially in his home/studio in Albuquerque’s North Valley, where he raises goats, keeps bees, takes daily walks along the Rio Grande and revels in sunrises. “In this busy, noisy world, it is critical to be still, which is the best medicine,” he concludes. “My paintings record my journey to reconnect to the stillness that heightens the joy of doing.”