Shonto grew up herding sheep in Kletha Valley, located in Shonto, Arizona. His acrylic paintings are done in a series of small brush strokes that repeat like the words of a traditional Navajo blessing prayer. Images harken heartfelt childhood memories and resonate the constant struggle for balance and harmony with humankind and Earth. He received his Associates of Fine Art at the Institute of American Indian Arts and a BFA from California College of Arts and Crafts. He has shown in galleries and museums worldwide.