This portrait, entitled "My brother, now a man" was painted in watercolor on 140 Lb coldpress paper. It was inspired by the photography of Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher. It captures the rite of passage into manhood of the Taneka peoples of Benin, as it is celebrated by a young girl whose brother was recently initiated into manhood. She wears the headress of sacred cow horns, which announces her status as the sister of a boy who has recently become a man. The white powder on her face marks her connection to the spirit world during this time.

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  • All of my prints are printed by a local printing company here in Lansing, on archival acid-free paper. All watercolor paintings will be printed on watercolor paper to achieve the most "original" look. All acrylic paintings will be printed on 80 Lb mat paper, unless otherwise requested. If you want your print on satin or high gloss archival photo paper, please contact me at check out with those instructions so I can make sure your print looks exactly the way you want it to.

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