|The Colors of the Mandé series was inspired by my recent trip to West Africa, my childhood home.|
The Colors of the Mandé series was inspired by my recent trip to West Africa, my childhood home. The colors of mud brick and indigo sky, the heat of the sun, and the dryness of the riverbed influence the work. There is “beauty in the harshness”. The landscape and the culture are seen through the abstract use of color, form, and collaged materials. The work arises from the subconscious- the process is intuitive and spontaneous. These works embody both fresh impressions and early memories. There is beauty in a desert, happiness in poverty, gracefulness manifested in a materially raw environment. I hope that viewers will connect to their own compassion, the environment and a love of life. I wish for each person to find meaning and joy in the painting and therefore be touched in a personal way.