Fat Tuesday Series

To see the celebrants under the capes click on the images below:

 

The paintings in the Fat Tuesday series explore the many different customs and rituals of Carnival. Dating back to ancient times this late winter festival is dedicated to merrymaking and is found throughout the world. The masked face and the cape found in each painting represents the power and mystery of what is hidden. Whether it is to celebrate the coming of Spring, some form of religion, or to be a part of what the upper classes have forbidden, this is the day when people party and dance with abandon in the moment. The joy is found in each painting under the cape where the heart can be found. Each painting is a study of color with four parts, the mask, the cape, under the cape and the background. The pink masks are a polk at the colonial rulers who invaded established cultures.