This watercolor portrait is of an Ethiopian woman from the Karo Tribe. The portrait attempts to capture the traditional jewellry and adornments worn by Karo women, and the ochre and animal fat mixture used to style their hair. The Karo are a Nilotic people famous for their body paintings - tribe members paint themselves daily with coloured ochre, white chalk, yellow mineral rock, charcoal, and pulverized iron ore, all of which are found locally in their natural environment.


This painting was done in watercolor on 140 Lb cold pressed paper as an 8" x 10" image. It was inspired by the photography of Angela Fisher and Carol Beckwith.

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