visual anthropologies- portraits that tell a story

"The Healers." Encaustic wax on wood panel. Each work is16x16. 


This series is about integrating eastern, western, and spiritual healing into one's life. I have chosen to represent "iNyanga," an African spiritual healer, "PanchaKarma," an Ayurvedic doctor, "Chi," Chinese, and a traditional western practitioner, "The Healer." 

 "Irish Eyes." Watercolor, pen & ink, 9x12.

If you've visited Ireland, then you know how friendly Irish people are. Just about everyone has a story or two about spending hours talking to a complete stranger. Young or old, men, women, children, the Irish spirit is in everyone you meet. I've tried to capture that in these faces photographed by Irish street photographer Tim Bingham @public_lens.  


"Vetted Souls." Encaustic and ink, 8x8. Inspired by photos from photographer Leroy Skalstad, a formerly homeless Vietnam veteran who now works with homeless shelters. 

"I believe most folks don't realize how complex homelessness is. I was someone affected by my military experience as I waited for a decision from the Veterans Administration. Some are folks and families were living paycheck to paycheck. Some are affected by their substance abuse." - Leroy Skalstad. Available. Proceeds to Operation Stand Down Tennessee, providing Veteran services. is the primary non-profit resource for Veterans in Tennessee providing a wide range of life-changing social services.

"No Time for the Blues." Muddy Waters and BB King. Encaustic wax, 12x12. A tribute to the Mississippi blues artists who performed in juke joints and had little commercial success, but greatly influenced American Blues music. 

"Stone Selfies

Photo encaustic, 12x12

While walking along a street in Stuttgart, Germany, I came across a wall of about 30 faces, protruding from the wall, dated 1934. 'Stone Selfies?' perhaps? I contemporized them and placed in exhibit next to current selfies. 

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