African history is replete with setbacks and heroic, incredible stories of survival.
I extend my appreciation and great esteem to the strong people of Africa.
As a tribute to the country that was home to my grandparents for almost four decades, mother and other family,
I painted this woman in the company of the blue starling, a common bird found in Tanzania.
I chose this bird for its color and its great ability to be a survivor in spite of odds.
I tried to use the striking boldness of designs on the ‘kanga’ dress of the Tanzanians as the background of my painting.
It also reminds me of how my mother used to make Saris out of them.
Africa is my birthplace and I grew up listening to magical tales of life in the sisal estates of Tanzania.
Tanzania evokes joy in the light dimmed eyes of my 93-year-old grandpa even now.
They, that is my grandparents, can slip into Swahili with ease and
reminiscence about their experiences with
a mixture of love, loss and laughter!
|A sketch with ball point pen that I did before painting|