AFRICAN PORTRAITS
In 1993, I was photo-documenting a World of Language project in Kenya. I had been to East Africa several times but this journey was for a long nine months. I brought watercolors and large archival watercolor paper. I started painting landscapes but soon realized that I was interested in the young people who were working to make a better life for themselves. In the watercolor portraits, I tried to capture the quality of their optimism, cheerful countenance and good will.

I carried a large portfolio of paper and paintings through Kenya, Tanzania, and Zimbabwe on buses, trucks, trains and planes. The paper is hot press cotton rag which causes the watercolors to pool on the surface to create rich blends. I never used blacks or brown from the tubes but mixed them from complimentary and triad colors. To create the skin tones, I washed color wheel hues on top of each other. Some of the colors used were rich vermilions and true cerulean blues

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Dorothy
DOROTHY
watercolor on paper
20" x 30"
Pastry Chef
PASTRY CHEF
watercolor on paper
22" x 30"
Woman
WOMAN
watercolor on paper
20" x 30"
Sarafina
SARAFINA
watercolor on paper
20" x 30"
Bell Boy
BELL BOY
watercolor on paper
22" x 30"
Jason
JASON
watercolor on paper
20" x 30"
Karisa
KARISA
watercolor on paper
20" x 30"
Watamu Kenya
WATAMU KENYA
watercolor on paper
16" x 20"
Blessed are the Poor in Spirit
BLESSED ARE THE
POOR IN SPIRIT
watercolor on paper
22" x 30"
Laughing Fishermen
LAUGHING FISHERMEN
oil on canvas
64" x 72"
Laughing Fishermen Study
LAUGHING FISHERMEN
STUDY
gouache on paper
16" x 12"
Meat Market
MEAT MARKET
oil on canvas
51" x 66"