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“Marie is an amazing artist who has continually created custom out-of-the-box art work for many of my projects. She has been consistent and timely and understands my vision on my projects, creating pieces that truly represent the overall concept from her point of view.”

- Deniece Duscheone, US Grant


This sophisticated and timeless San Diego landmark was purchased and elegantly restored by the Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Indian Tribe in 2006. Architect Deniece Duscheone worked carefully to restore the hotel’s original opulent details, complimenting them by thoughtfully applying layers of contemporary design elements, such as custom artwork, furniture, and lighting. In response to the cultural heritage of the Sycuan Tribe, as well as the historical significance of the hotel itself, Marie Najera created a series of 28 paintings conveying the symbolic convergence of the two. In order to do so, the artist condensed and abstracted details of traditional tribal symbolism and the native landscape to offer to the hotel’s guests a glimpse into the history of those who once inhabited the land. Her work can be seen in the executive, presidential, and penthouse suites.