Calvin Desson was born in the early fall of the 1969 in Lupton, Arizona and spent his childhood there and in neighboring Sanders, Arizona. He now lives permanently in Lupton with his wife and children. A master of scenic and pictorial stone inlay jewelry, Calvin learned jewelry making techniques from nephew Allen Okee. By 1996, he was working with master inlay artist, Alvin Yellowhorse where he honed his technical skills for three years before venturing out on his own.
Preferring pictorial work to geometric row work inlay. Calvin creates some of the most detailed scenic work imaginable. He enjoys the challenge of each new design, from images of the Four Corners landscapes and ceremonial figures of Native America to the haunting perfection of the stone faces of his inlay portraits.