Anthropologists collect photos. I express what I observe through my paintings.
I just returned home to Nashville after living in Germany for three years. While traveling in Europe I became fascinated by the nuances of different cultures and people. I typically skipped the tours and instead, sat in cafes 'urban sketching' and chatting with folks I'd meet, learning about their customs, rituals, expressions, and families.
I began putting together 'people studies' such as my series "Irish Eyes." In each face, the subject is smiling with his/her eyes. If you've ever been to Ireland, you'll know what I mean. Young or old, male, female, child, you'll never meet a stranger in Ireland.
I realized that my studies are actually visual anthropologies. It's a term used by street photographers, film makers, and artists interested in popular culture. This made sense for a gal coming from a consumer behavior background. (I used to make a living trying to identify consumers most likely to buy stuff...)
Here are some of my current visual anthropologies. Some are complete, some are in-progress. Thank you, and I hope you have enjoyed learning a bit more about my work.
Irish Eyes- Irish eyes smiling
World Healers- eastern, african, and western medical healers
I am Danish- a danish police program to help Muslim youth in Denmark
Facing the Midnight Sun- celebrating the sun at midnight in northern Sweden
Holi Faces- the joyful vibrant faces of India's Festival of Colors
Vetted Souls- faces of homeless US military veterans
Delta Blues- Mississippi blues artists who performed in juke joints and had little commercial success, but greatly influenced American Blues music
Ordinary Environmentalists- ordinary people working to make changes environmentally
The Outsiders- visionary artists- creative expressionists outside of art norms