My leather constructions are embellished with polished wood, tumbled glass, and cowrie shells, painted with acrylics. I manipulate vibrant and sometimes muted colors often infusing them with textures and touches of metallic highlights. Leather’s ability to be manipulated lends itself purposefully to me, enabling me to compose these low-relief assemblages. The use of exciting colors, overlapping construction, and original shapes combine past cultures with contemporary forms. As a teacher of the arts I taught with breadth, wealth, and deliberation; as an artist, my work reveals respect for the earth, integrity of the human spirit, unity of family, the fidelity of friends, and pride in my heritage.
I visited Dakar, Senegal in West Africa. There I saw that people dressed exquisitely both day and night. Exploring the patterns, designs, and colors, I used African fabrics, acrylics, and more to create these mixed media collages on museum wrapped canvases.
Inspired by the Omo People, I created these sculptures. The Omo People create a climate where bodies, nature, colored minerals and all sorts of animals appeared engulfed and infused with amazing colors and designs.
These indigenous tribes use colors to designate position, for ritual, to ward off illness, to attract the opposite sex, to associate with family, a tribe or an animal, and of course just recently, to impress tourists.
The Omo River is located in East Africa flows into the southern part of Ethiopia. Unfortunately, recent deforestation has been causing the rivers to hold less water and is responsible for damage that it is causing to the ecosystem that the local tribal communities depend on.
These original greeting cards are made from a variety of handmade, natural, and printed papers. Leather, glass, and found objects are part of the design. The back of the mat reveals a note card where one can add a personal greeting. These cards can ULTIMATELY become part of the recipient's fine art collection. This keep-it-forever format fits perfectly into an 8" x 10" picture frame. The frame is not included.