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Eyes of Africa

Chosen as one of the 2015 Art Pop Billboard Artists, I was delighted to learn it was Eyes of Africa. This section of my painting shows only the eyes which carry so much emotion to me. Look for the billboards on Highway 60 in Brandon and on North Dale Mabry in Tampa over the next year.

The young child's portrait was inspired by a mission trip to KwaMhlanga, South Africa by a team from St. James UMC in Tampa. The faces of the youth there are filled with innocence and love, yet they live in a rough and stricken country. Overwhelmed by the AIDS epidemic, most are orphans to the disease and attend the center there for school, meals and healthcare.

I was so moved by the young faces I painted many of these children with half of the proceeds going back to the mission they attend. Eyes of Africa is a warm and tender look into her world, painted collage of portrait and landscape, it reminds us of those who live on the other side of the ocean, yet a part of our hearts.

 

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