KACHINA MASK SERIES
Drawn from the festivals and ceremonies of the great Southwest, these watercolor paintings were inspired by Native Americans from the Taos Pueblo, the Hopi Nation, and the Chiricahua Apache Nation in New Mexico and Arizona. The Kachina paintings were taken from vintage figures used for hundreds of years, and remain both spiritual and sacred. The inspiration for “Taos Elder” came after attending the Christmas Day Celebration at the Taos Pueblo in Taos, New Mexico in 2013. In the Fall of 2015, I spent six weeks in France studying the French Impressionists and Post Impressionists. The Avanyu (water serpent) series were influenced by the Post Impressionist paintings and stained glass windows of French painter Jean Bazaine, especially the stained glass in the Eglise Saint-Severin on the Left Bank in Paris. I tried to use new materials in innovative ways like the Impressionists did 100 years ago. I purchased Daniel Smith brand watercolor paint, Derwint watercolor pencils, Neocolor II watercolor crayons from Artisan Inc, a wonderful art supply store in Santa Fe and Albuquerque, New Mexico.