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  • Maruvian Healing Mask
    • Maruvian Healing Mask
    • Maruvian Healing Mask
    • Medium: Oil on archival canvas Size:  11" x 14" This painting was inspired by the ancient  BASONGE healing mask used by designated healers that brought with them years of experience in herbs and medicines (much like modern doctors of today) and this mask was worn to ensure a positive image to aid in faith and assurance of the skills of the wearer.…
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  • Maruvian Horned Mask
    • Maruvian Horned Mask
    • Maruvian Horned Mask
    • Medium: Oil on archival canvas Size: 14" x 18" Devil mask?  No way! This ancient mask is from the Bobo Fang in Mali. It reflected the antelope and was traditionally used as a kind of prayer to appease the animal spirit and thank them for the life that will feed the village.
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  • Maruvian Kran Mask Diptych
    • Maruvian Kran Mask Diptych
    • Maruvian Kran Mask Diptych
    • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size: 10" x 30" This was inspired by an ancient mask from the Kran people of Liberia. During this timeframe, the African slave trade was becoming more prominent and many of these masks were stolen and taken to Europe for their private collections. Ironically, this mask was used for healing practices. This mask is one of three diptych canvases…
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  • Maruvian Kuyu Mask
    • Maruvian Kuyu Mask
    • Maruvian Kuyu Mask
    • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size: 10" x 10" An abstraction of an ancient Kuyu mask from Central Africa done in my quick 3-6 day series. I originally wanted to paint one a day but discovered that in oils, I could only do them as fast as 3-6 days for the oils to set before I was able to paint another…
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  • Maruvian Fortune Dragon Mask Diptych
    • Maruvian Fortune Dragon Mask Diptych
    • Maruvian Fortune Dragon Mask Diptych
    • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size: 10" x 30" Having celebrated Chinese New Year in San Francisco China Town while living in the California Bay area, I was influenced by the intricate designs of the Chinese Dragon masks and floats. This mask is a reflection of that influence. This mask is one of three diptych canvases (which means two canvases…
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  • Maruvian Golden Mask
    • Maruvian Golden Mask
    • Maruvian Golden Mask
    • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size: 10" x 10" The inspiration for this mask was from the designs of a carving on the side of an ancient calabash bowl found in Ethiopia.
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  • Maruvian Healing II Mask
    • Maruvian Healing II Mask
    • Maruvian Healing II Mask
    • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size: 10" x 10" The identifiable lines on this healing mask are abstracted and carried into and around the image creating motion and a sense of infinity as the eye is captured and begins to travel around and around. This feeling captures the notion that the healing expertise began at the beginning and will continue…
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  • Maruvian Kalimba Mask
    • Maruvian Kalimba Mask
    • Maruvian Kalimba Mask
    • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size:  10" x 10" This painting features the Kalimba, musical thumb piano, juxtaposed with parts of various mask features and beads. It is part of the series where I painted these small works for a month back to back. Most were of masks but two were more of the musical feel.
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  • Maruvian Oceanic Mask Diptych
    • Maruvian Oceanic Mask Diptych
    • Maruvian Oceanic Mask Diptych
    • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size: 10" x 30" This image reminds me of a Nautilus swimming in the ocean. This mask was inspired by the Balinese people living near the water. This painting is part of a small work series influenced by masks from around the world. I was originally trying to do a painting a day but ran into…
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  • Maruvian Sankofa Mask
    • Maruvian Sankofa Mask
    • Maruvian Sankofa Mask
    • Medium: Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size:  10" x 10" This mask reflects the Sankofa from Ghana which literally means "go back and fetch it" meaning to reflect on your past to enhance the future. These symbols  are printed on fabric, carved into gold weights, and jewelry. These many designs contain a large inventory of folk sayings that share wisdom.
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  • Amina
    • Amina
    • Amina
    • This oil on canvas is a portrait of Amina and her child, Wasila with the background of stones that were to take her life. Nestled within the stones is the biblical quote from John 8:7 “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” As The Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan once said, “Wherever Black…
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  • Black Lives Matter
    • Black Lives Matter
    • Black Lives Matter
    • In this painting I have captured a moment during a march through downtown Atlanta in support of the unjust killing of Michael Brown. These youngsters have taken a step of protest to the streets and I wanted to capture that determination of the marchers in the faces and their posture. On the American flag they carry, I have placed the…
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