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  • Maruvian Oceanic Mask Diptych
    • Maruvian Oceanic Mask Diptych
    • Maruvian Oceanic Mask Diptych
    • 10"x 30" This image reminds me of a Nautilus swimming in the ocean. This painting was inspired by the Balinese people living near the water. This is a two part painting.
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  • Maruvian Mende Mask Diptych
    • Maruvian Mende Mask Diptych
    • Maruvian Mende Mask Diptych
    • The Mende  people are located in Sierra Leone and also include a small group in Liberia; they speak a language of the Mande branch of the Niger-Congo family. I have captured the traditional rolls in the carvings of their masks and of course added my artistic license of Plastic Space abstraction to this two part composition.
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  • Maruvian Joy Mask Diptych
    • Maruvian Joy Mask Diptych
    • Maruvian Joy Mask Diptych
    • Inspired by a mask from Ghana used for comical story telling and celebration, this mask is known for the elongated tongue sticking down from the mouth in an exaggerated fashion. The use of bright colored ribbons are attached to the mask, waving in the wind as the dancer prances about telling funny stories and bringing much laughter. This two part…
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  • Maruvian Fortune Dragon Mask Diptych
    • Maruvian Fortune Dragon Mask Diptych
    • Maruvian Fortune Dragon Mask Diptych
    • Having celebrated Chinese New Year in San Francisco Chinatown while living in the California Bay area, I was influenced by the intricate designs and sweeping motions of the Chinese Dragon masks and floats. This mask is a reflection of that influence. It is a two part painting capturing the sweeping motion of the floating dragon figure in the signature style…
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  • Guacamole II
    • Guacamole II
    • Guacamole II
    • It was fascinating to watch our waiter make guacamole right at our table while in Mexico. He used a mortar and pestle just like in the painting and dramatically whipped it all together. The whole experience was inspiring!
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  • Maruvian Portrait Mask II
    • Maruvian Portrait Mask II
    • Maruvian Portrait Mask II
    • Medium:  Oil on archival gallery wrap canvas Size: 24" x 24' This mask is a compilation of every skin tone representing all of the races that are from the original Black man and woman on this planet. It is a portrait of the human family.
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  • The Sound of Soul Strings
    • The Sound of Soul Strings
    • The Sound of Soul Strings
    • Medium: Oil on canvas Size: 24" x 30" This is one of two paintings inspired by being involved in an exhibition at the Hammonds House Museum in Atlanta using the theme, “From Songhai to Symphony Hall”.  The notes in this painting are taken from the spiritual "Wade in The Water" and the score indicates the tone of the sound of…
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  • Elements Fire and WaterElements Fire and Water
    • Elements Fire and WaterElements Fire and Water
    • Elements Fire and Water
    • This is one of two paintings reflecting the basic 4 elements using the models and the colors in their garments to carry this message. We are basically made up of these 4 elements which ties us to this planet and the universe. In the background are shapes with African influenced designs.
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  • Ashe
    • Ashe
    • Ashe
    • Medium: Oil on canvas Size: 24" x 30" The painting titled “Ashé” brings together the ancient and modern elements of artistic expression into creative tribute to our ancestors. Musical instruments, hand carved masks, fabric and vibrant colors swirl together to depict the rich heritage of artistic expression that has survived for centuries to be handed down to each new generation.…
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  • H2O
    • H2O
    • H2O
    • Medium:  Oil gold foil on archival canvas Size:  16" x 20" Looking through National Geographic and this image of women returning to their village from the water well was captivating. I liked the color play between the sands, their skin color, the pottery, and the garments they were wearing. I used a very rough paste medium to prep the canvas…
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  • The Quilter
    • The Quilter
    • The Quilter
    • Medium:  oil on canvas Size:  16" x 20" After writing my fictional novel, A Quilt of Dreams, I have become even more aware of the quilters around me in the art world. I admire their ability to produce beautiful pieces of work using only fabric as their palette and the dedication to work with those tiny little pieces of cloth…
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  • Bloodlines
    • Bloodlines
    • Bloodlines
    • Medium: Oil on canvas Size:  30" x 40" The inspiration for this painting came about from studying the ancestral bloodlines of my family and realizing the stark contrast of the generations. This painting depicts that lineage between the females of my African American family line in America from my (L) Great grandmother (Momma Ginny) escaping slavery and running her own business as…
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