The Ruins of Gaziantep – 2013 (aged 20)

In celebration of my blog’s one year anniversary, I decided to post this painting of the interior of the Gaziantep Mosaics Museum in the southeast of Turkey. This is based on a picture I took while I was there. I replaced the ceiling with the night sky. The museum collection consists of mosaics, pillars and walls excavated in ancient Zeugma (an old city within the Gaziantep Province). All the artifacts are Roman in design and nature.

The Ruins of Gaziantep, 2013

The Ruins of Gaziantep, 2013

Gaziantep is situated between the Tigris and the Euphrates rivers in classic Mesopotamia.

2012-Amerique du Nord-Aged 19

After going to school in New England for over a year now I thought it would come the time when I would have to paint something related to the region. So I did this with my North American girl.  Bates College is in the state of Maine and the original inhabitants were from the Wabanaki tribe.  The first European settlers in this region were French.

I maintain the titles in French.

Amerique du Nord, 2012

Amerique du Nord, 2012

2012-The Granite Violinist-Aged 19

This scene actually exists in the gardens of Holyrood Palace (for more details about Holyrood see my other post )

The Granite Violinist, 2012

I don’t know if the sculpture was actually made of granite but it sure makes a lovely title.

To complement this piece here is the song I played while I painted this. Celtic Woman’s Scarborough Fair.

I do not own this song or this video. It is here for entertainment purposes only.

2012-In the name of Scotland-Aged 19

This year I went to Scotland (Edinburgh and the Shetland Islands) as part of an archaeological dig class with fellow Batesies. It has been my most inspiring experience yet…and still more Scottish paintings to come soon.

Old Scatness Detail, 2012

Old Scatness is an archaeological site in the Shetland Islands. The settlement is thousands of years old and has remnants of medieval, Viking, Pictish, and Bronze Age  architecture. So one of the structures there was a wheelhouse that I genuinely fell in love with. It was restored to recreate the Viking lifestyle complete with hide covered wooden beds and a peat fire. It was a tiny structure and in the corner they made a little storage place with pots and candles. I took a picture of it and then I came home to paint it. So here it is. My finest work!

We look to Scotland for all our ideas of civilisation.

The Holy Grail, 2012

Lerwick is the capital of the Shetland Islands. At the harbor where we usually parked our van, there was a statue of the Holy Grail with a prayer at the side. I took a picture of it and then painted it.

Scottish by birth, British by law,
Highlander by the grace of God.

Esha Ness, 2012

Esha Ness was the windiest place I had ever been to. Beautiful landscape.

From scenes like these old Scotia’s grandeur springs.
Robert Burns
The Cotter’s Saturday Night.

The Earl of Southampton, 2012

The Earl of Southampton was actually English but I watched the film Anonymous while in Scotland. I also wanted to experiment with French Art Nouveau.

Not related to Scotland

Desert Rose, 2012

This was done long before I went to Scotland. I took an oral French class with Prof. Curren and we concentrated on Maghreb culture, Oriental art and Francophone-Middle Eastern films. I knew I had to paint something related so I did this…hopefully I will do more in the future.

Egyptian and his slave, 2012

And I did this as part of the Middle Eastern influence.

Back on the topic of Scotland….

My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here,
My heart’s in the Highlands, a-chasing the deer;
A-chasing the wild deer, and following the roe,
My heart’s in the Highlands, wherever I go.
Robert Burns
My Heart’s in the Highlands.

Scotland…I will always love you.

And one last special note in memory of Evan Dube, a good soul who never left the Highlands. The winds there blow with a might in the character of the Scots. And whenever they pass we will know your spirit moves with the thousands who have passed on, dancing in the wind.

2010-Bring in the men!-Aged 17

This is the year I began to paint men.

Nude #1, 2010 (Based on a photograph by Wilhelm von Gloeden)

I was honored by my SEED co-editor when she put this on the cover of the magazine.

Nude #2, 2010 (Based on a photograph by Wilhelm von Gloeden)

Tom Ford, 2010

…and the god of fashion himself.


This is the year I performed as Maria in the school version of  “The Sound of Music” at the National Theater in Ghana.

Newspaper article on our show.

And this year I had my fourth art exhibition at the Hershel Gallery.

Me and my parents