After September 11th I was appalled at the way people of Arab or Middle Eastern decent were maligned in the news and media (and still often are today).This lead me to join the Saudi/American Exchange program to travel to Saudi Arabia to experience the region and the people first hand, and to bring that personal understanding back to the United States. While in Saudi Arabia, I had the opportunity to meet with government leaders in Saudi Arabia to foster cross-cultural understanding between our two countries and represented the program on The Today Show with Katie Couric. Since that experience I have wondered if there was a way to use my passion for art to somehow improve the understanding of that region - to show people here in the United States a different perspective than they might otherwise see- a more personal perspective of the social and political issues of this region.
Good Night and Good Luck (16"x20" - Private Collection)
Voices from Saudi Aramco (11"x14" and 12"x16" panels - acrylics, sand, magazine collage on canvas)
Songs of the Sand (20"x28" Acrylics/Sand on Canvas)
Bloods of the Sand (20"x28" Arcylics/Sand on Canvas)
Reflections on September (24"x30" Acrylic on canvas)
Black and White (20"x24" Acrylic on canvas)
Kismet (24”x30” sand, acrylic, and digitally painted photographs on canvas)