Bead Tree: Ghana, 10x10, gouache and ink
Here is my final piece for the Online Auction on March 12th. The inspiration for my panel are the beautiful glass beads from Ghana. The leaves of the tree, and the trunk are patterned with the variety of colors and patterns from new, traditional and antique Ghanaian glass beads.
When I was volunteering in Ghana, I was given a bracelet of beads from the women (Bernice) who ran the Orphanage. It was a gift to welcome us, she said to me.... when I go back to the states..and I happen to meet anyone from Ghana, while wearing the bracelet.. they would immediately know that I have been to their home.
I am very inspired by the patterns, texture and colors of the beautiful beads... When I look at my beads.. I think of my other home:)