Anthropologists collect photos. I express what I observe through my paintings.
People fascinate me. I recently moved back to the US after living in Germany for three years. I traveled extensively and everywhere I went, I was surprised by how intact cultures still remain, despite our global, digital world. Despite the short distances in Europe--one can travel an hour, and suddenly be immersed in a new country--people were different with every border I hopped!
So I began sketching. And putting together people studies which I now call visual anthropologies.
My visual anthropology narratives:
World Healers- eastern, african, and western medical healers
Native Women Warriors- historically accurate portraits of native women who fought for their tribes
Vetted Souls- faces of homeless US military veterans
Irish Eyes- street portraits from Ireland
Into the Wilderness- reflections during the COVID pandemic
I am Danish- portraits of Muslim youth in Denmark
Holi Colors- faces of India's Festival of Colors
Delta Blues- Mississippi blues artists who performed in juke joints and had little commercial success, but greatly influenced American Blues music
Ordinary Environmentalists- everyday folks working to make change environmentally
The Outsiders- portraits of visionary self taught artists, creating outside of art world norms