Sunday, October 8, 2017

Pa O Woman Myanmar


This Pa O woman is a towel seller from Myanmar. She has a towel wrapped around her head and in her arms are more towels. The turban head dress is typical and often red.

The Pa O are the seventh largest ethnic minority in Burma and the second largest in the Shan State. They are believed to be of  Tibeto-Burman lineage, and share the language and culture of the Karen people.

Unlike the Rohingya, they are a recognized ethnic group in Burma and Buddhist. However, due to military conflicts and lack of economic opportunity, many Pa O have migrated to northern Thailand.

Avocado Seller Myanmar

This is an oil painting from a photo I took in Myanmar of a local woman selling avocados.  Note that the light yellow line on the nose and right side of the face is not a highlight, but thanaka cream that is used for sun protection and as make-up.

Locals rub the bark of a tree on round stones and add water to make this paste for use by men, women and children.

Burmese Man at Sunset



I love to try and capture people in photos and then make them into art, in this  case oil paint. This man was standing on a beach of the Irrawaddy River in Myanmar at sunset. He actually has on a t-shirt that says NASA. I did not paint the logo, but that t-shirt has definitely traveled!  

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Bayon Head at Angkor Thom


This is one of my favorite pictures from Cambodia. 

There are 200 carved stone heads in the 12th century Bayon temple of  Angkor Thom outside Siem Reap, Cambodia.  I love that they are all smiling.


I plan to make this photograph a painting soon!

Cuban Boy with SF 49rs Hat



oil on canvas
size - 20" x 20" x 2"
price - $1000

















I visited the Las Lajas center near Cienfuegos, Cuba in June 2016 and saw this  boy. I was touched by his "old soul" look. A member of our tour group had just given him an oversized SF 49rs hat. It sits heavily on his head. He is wearing a shirt that was made from a sack so the  brand new hat is in stark contrast. The background is a colonial blue door typical in Cuba.


Cuban Boy



Young Cuban boy standing in the doorway at the Casino de Cuba Santaria building. Note the faded colonial blue of the frame.

Santeria (Way of the Saints) is an Afro-Caribbean religion based on Yoruba beliefs and traditions, with some Roman Catholic elements added. The religion is also known as La Regla Lucumi and the Rule of Osha. 
Santeria is a syncretic religion that grew out of the slave trade in Cuba.


oil on canvas
size - 16" x 20" x 1"
price - $800