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  • Maruvian Bakwele Mask
    • Maruvian Bakwele Mask
    • Maruvian Bakwele Mask
    • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size: 10" x 10" This painting is inspired by the ancient Bakwele dance mask of people that lived in Northern Gabon. The mask was used to bring people of different tribes together in harmony. It is distinct in the two long horns representing the sprite like spirit of the antelope.
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  • Maruvian Baluba Mask
    • Maruvian Baluba Mask
    • Maruvian Baluba Mask
    • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size:  10" x 10" The ancient Luba (or Baluba) were often a ferociously warlike people when confronted by the colonials trying to occupy their lands. They had rich and diverse artistic traditions, and much of their strength is reflected in the masks.
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  • Maruvian Celebration II Mask
    • Maruvian Celebration II Mask
    • Maruvian Celebration II Mask
    • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size: 10" x 10" The Nigerian mask of celebration is a mask that lends itself to many interpretations that I enjoy exploring. I have done a series using this same mask in different approaches using my signature style of Plastic Space. The identifying parts of this type of mask are the bulging eye-lids with the…
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  • Maruvian Celebration Mask
    • Maruvian Celebration Mask
    • Maruvian Celebration Mask
    • Medium: Oil on archival canvas Size:  11" x 14" Inspired by a mask from Ghana used for comical story telling and celebration. The use of bright colored ribbons attached to the mask, waving in the wind as the dancer prances about bringing much laughter is part of the celebratory mood. I wanted to capture the motion and joviality of the moment in…
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  • A Little Bit A Big Horn
    • A Little Bit A Big Horn
    • A Little Bit A Big Horn
    • This is part of a series that I painted focusing on the hands of the musician. The hands are a translation mechanism of the music from the brain to the hands and then to the instrument so that the listener can enjoy exactly what the musician is thinking. The emotions and expressions flow through the hands and fingers. This series…
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  • A Little Bit A Soul
    • A Little Bit A Soul
    • A Little Bit A Soul
    • This is part of a series that I painted focusing on the hands of the musician. The hands are a translation mechanism of the music from the brain to the instrument so that the listener can enjoy exactly what the musician is thinking. The emotions and expressions flow through the hands and fingers. This series had five images, violin hands (now…
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  • Artistic Creations
    • Artistic Creations
    • Artistic Creations
    • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size: 30" x 40" I chose my signature style of Plastic Space to incorporate the elements of the diversity of the arts. Music, sculpture, wood carving, visual art, architecture, hair styling, beading, textiles and landscaping are represented in this oil. It was a challenge to blend them together so there is a balance of motion…
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  • Banjo Legacy
    • Banjo Legacy
    • Banjo Legacy
    • Medium: Oil on canvas Size: 30" x 40" This painting was inspired by a fellow artist from the AfriCobra group that challenged me to do a painting of someone playing a banjo. This was fun to create and I do love challenges. Here are three generations of Banjo players. This is a skill handed down from father who taught his son and…
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  • Celebration of Renewal
    • Celebration of Renewal
    • Celebration of Renewal
    • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size: 30" x 40" The idea of a celebratory ceremony of motion and color reflecting the energy of renewal in all life on the planet and in the solar system is the product of this Plastic Space rendering. One can see and feel the energy traveling in and through this piece from outer space to…
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  • Fertility of Spirit I
    • Fertility of Spirit I
    • Fertility of Spirit I
    • Medium: Oil on archival canvas wrap Size:  24" x 30" This painting is a continuation of the musical series inspired by the title of "Songhai to Symphony Hall". It is one of two paintings that anchor the center piece called, "Soulful Strings and Percussion". They both reflect the fertility that comes from the spirit of the ancestors that cultivated the intelligence of…
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  • Fertility of Spirit II
    • Fertility of Spirit II
    • Fertility of Spirit II
    • Medium: Oil on archival canvas wrap Size: 24" x 30" This painting is a continuation of the musical series inspired by the title of "Songhai to Symphony Hall". It is one of two paintings that anchor the center piece called, "Soulful Strings and Percussion". They both reflect the fertility that comes from the spirit of the ancestors that cultivated the intelligence of…
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  • Kalimba Beat
    • Kalimba Beat
    • Kalimba Beat
    • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size: 24" x 30" I was inspired to do this painting after attending a wonderful jazz session featuring Kevin Spears who played on an electric Kalimba at a small café in Atlanta. I did not know there was such a thing as an electric Kalimba and he rocked the house! In doing my musical series…
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