African Queens

I was born and brought up on the Masai Mara in Kenya, East Africa, and I always admired the beadwork of the Samburu Tribe. These women are actually painted from memory to celebrate their mastery of bead making. I decided to paint Samburu brides, and a wedding is a transition into adulthood and motherhood. Africa is changing, and many of the traditions are being re-invented to accommodate for tourism and the "modern" world. There is always a mystery associated with change as change means moving into the unknown. Similarly art is like that for me, each piece is a journey into the unknown, and in my opinion a painting is never finished. 

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