The Continent of Africa

1p.gif (49 bytes)Since most anthropologists agree that the human race realized its beginning on or near the African Continent, I selected this unique land formation of our Planet Earth as my first of 24 regional paintings. Africa's 11,506,000 miles range over some of the most diverse - and legendary - landscapes in the world, from the banks of the Nile River, the sands of the Sahara Desert, and the jungles of the equatorial forests to the peaks of the Kilimanjaro.
1p.gif (49 bytes) As a land of urban and wilderness extremes, aboriginal, and modern lifestyles, Africa is perhaps best illustrated by its southern region. Its citizens range from the hunter-gatherer Bush people survivors in the harsh climate of the Kalahari (represented by my Bushman hunter friend in the lower center of the painting) to the urbanites of modern Johannesburg in South Africa, with its high-tech industrial complex. Among the vanishing cultures of the African continent, the Bushmen exemplified for me the very best of the African spirit. They shared with me their special humor, open laughter and graciousness in ways that exceeded the best definition of the word hospitality.

Portrait of the Continent of Africa
Portrait of the Continent of Africa
original oil

"My sincere hope for this book is that it will serve to remind its readers and its author of the need to give renewed understanding and respect for the innate human value and importance of all our global citizens."

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