Acrylic & Mixed Media on Plywood, 40 x 50
I’ve decided to work on a new direction for a bit. Art is one part creative prowess, one part skill, and one part identity. Its that identity that gives art its voice, passion, and unique character. Playing off this, I’m working to do a series of pieces focused identity. More specifically, my own personal background as a Texan & American of Palestinian descent.
The first part of this series is a portrait of the progenitor of the family – Salem. Salem was a classic Levantine merchant. In family lore he is half myth, half reality – rumored to have traveled the world in the early 20th century sponge fishing in Australia, buying spices in southeast asia, and dropping into New York City and Palestine to visit his children and relatives. His final resting place – like his life really – is mostly unknown.
Anyways, here is a portrait based off an old photograph we had of him. I’m not sure how I feel about it. Any comments? Suggestions? As always, enjoy.