Medium: Oil on archival canvas
Size: 24″ x 30″

This painting captures the ancient design of a Chi-Wara mask of the Bambara people of Mali. The carvings are so decorative and beautiful and in this painting I have created a swirling effect imitating the motion of the dancers when wearing this mask. This was a challenge because of the muted colors. I used a complete background of black to begin this painting and the colors reflect this giving a different presentation than my regular bright pallet.