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Ancient Ones


18”x24” Oil on Board  

My wife and I lived for a year in the mountains, a town called San Christobal de las Casas, a hundred miles North from the Guatemalan border, living among 14 indigenous tribes, Mayan.  I just happened to photograph this group in front of a chapel, the ruins are from Tecal beyond the Rio Dulce River.  In these jungles are trees that light up the world, a bright read in a sea of green.  Much of this work was done with knife, bits and pieces of strategic color and form, contrasting, melding in a place so green.  The flat figures represent the art they did those hundreds of years before.  Their garb, wool colored, just as they dressed before.