The 1999-2000 Mask Series of oil paintings is based on a mask made by my son, Gabe.

The African Angels and African Masks are a welcome departure from some of the more dark and serious subject matter I’ve done. As always, music often helps guide my directions in art. This new group of work was primarily inspired by the later sounds of Miles Davis. Along with that, I’d listened to various African music. I tried to avoid looking at African art books. I wanted to use the music as an artistic vehicle for creativity.

Mask 9: The Ceremony – Oil (4’x 7′), 2000