Ethiopian women with their wonderfully diverse head adornment. From my 2013 trip to Omo Valley. Desenech woman with feather hat
I love different styles of personal adornment. These women of the Karen tribe make fanciful headgear that reminds me of western wedding veils.
Maria belongs to the Karen tribe originally from Burma but now living in northern Thailand. I first met Maria in 2012 at her village near Chiang Mia Thailand. She was very shy but showed me how she created beautiful weavings for sale. In 2013, when we met again, I brought the photo I took and… Continue reading Maria, weaver
I retired two years ago and was interested in learning what happens to elephants when they are too old to work. Some are lucky enough to be rescued by Elephant Nature Park. Mesae Elephant Camp in Northern Thailand has a different type of retirement. The older elephants and their mahouts have a special area where… Continue reading Elephants retiring
My third trip to Masae Elephant Camp to paint with an elephant yielded my favorite painting to date. I was assigned a new elephant, Pangkwan. At ten, he is the same age as Thongpetch who I painted with on two previous trips. But Thongpetch no longer enjoys painting with anyone besides his mahout so they… Continue reading A New Painting with an Elephant
While making my second book: Painting With an Elelphant, I went through the normal process of editing/proofing and then reviewing the sample book. After receiving my first proof, I realized I wasn’t clear on who my audience would be (one of the first things an author should know). I decided it was a children’s book.… Continue reading Painting With an Elephant