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Maria | Acrylic paint, spray paint, markers, cut paper, photo transfer, fabric on canvas, 69”hx68”w, 2018

Maria, like many of my paintings, was started in 2015 as a series of “portraits.” The inspiration for this work was her beautiful garment that is popular in her native country, Cape Verde. Embroidered swirls in many colors, it begged to be painted. I took many photos and sketched as I often do. Over a 3-year period the work transitioned as I started using the process of stenciling, gluing, cutting, tearing and photo transfers to thicken and activate the canvas surface.



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