Six days into the University of Rhode Island Cape Verde Delegation stay on the island of Santiago, the largest of the Cabo Verde Islands, off the coast of West Africa. This has been one of the most amazing trips I've ever taken.
The people, the food, the ocean, the air, the heart-felt goodness all around Santigo is humbling and energizing. I see relatives and friends so familiar around every corner I am often tempted to shout out their names. The photos do no justice to this incredible nation, the warmth of the people and their resolve to be the best in the world.
Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts in Wyoming has been a true awakening for me. I'm sitting at the highest point of the ranch, altitude 8,600 feet above sea level, on the Barrett Ridge. Behind me is the city of Saratoga and beyond is the Sierra Madre Mountain range. Just to my right and stretching as far north as the eye can see is the Medicine Bow National Forest Mountain range.
Can't begin to tell you how enchanting the whole experience has been. The four mixed-media works pictured are the beginning of a new "portrait" series based on family and friends of my home town, Lawrenceville VA, and the many friends and family I've collected along the way.
These works evoke textile as identity and traditions of African American quilt making.