Indian Ink Portraits depicting the Maasai of Kenya and Tanzania

The portraits are inspired by personal encounters with Maasai women in both Kenya and Tanzania. Their faces become a geographic landscape expressing life, and life lived.

Portrait of Naserian from Ololosokwan, Tanzania

Naserian is the midwife of Ololosokwan. She is the matriarch who welcomed me to the manyatta and introduced herself. Naserian invited me to drink sweet tea made with fresh goats milk added straight from the goat. We sat in her warm smokey home joined by other women all sipping tea and singing.

Naserian was enthusiastic about her portrait drawings and I left one drawing for her to own.

Nabiki
Nabiki

2014
graphite and coloured pencil on paper
95 x 71 cm

Water Carrier
Water Carrier

2010
pastel on paper
56 x 76 cm

Indian Ink Portraits depicting the Maasai of Kenya and Tanzania
Portrait of Naserian from Ololosokwan, Tanzania
Nabiki
Water Carrier
Indian Ink Portraits depicting the Maasai of Kenya and Tanzania

The portraits are inspired by personal encounters with Maasai women in both Kenya and Tanzania. Their faces become a geographic landscape expressing life, and life lived.

Portrait of Naserian from Ololosokwan, Tanzania

Naserian is the midwife of Ololosokwan. She is the matriarch who welcomed me to the manyatta and introduced herself. Naserian invited me to drink sweet tea made with fresh goats milk added straight from the goat. We sat in her warm smokey home joined by other women all sipping tea and singing.

Naserian was enthusiastic about her portrait drawings and I left one drawing for her to own.

Nabiki

2014
graphite and coloured pencil on paper
95 x 71 cm

Water Carrier

2010
pastel on paper
56 x 76 cm

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