Art as Honoring

Each of these illustrations and paintings were created to honor a human being on a birthday, other celebratory day, after the person has passed away, or just because. Speed drawing links are included for water color and ink drawings! Enjoy!

  Grandmother   I created this piece in honor of my Egyptian grandmother who passed away the year this painting was created.  The imagery is partially inspired by the poem "My Grandmother in the Stars" by Naomi Shihab Nye.

Grandmother

I created this piece in honor of my Egyptian grandmother who passed away the year this painting was created.  The imagery is partially inspired by the poem "My Grandmother in the Stars" by Naomi Shihab Nye.

  Artist   This piece was part of an exhibit called "Face Off" where artists were paired with other artists and created portraits of them. The artist wanted a relic based on what he hoped others would remember about him once he passes away.    

Artist

This piece was part of an exhibit called "Face Off" where artists were paired with other artists and created portraits of them. The artist wanted a relic based on what he hoped others would remember about him once he passes away. 

 

   Older Brother    My older brother Samir is the epitome of the eldest son in Egyptian culture. He is my mentor and cheerleader.    

Older Brother

My older brother Samir is the epitome of the eldest son in Egyptian culture. He is my mentor and cheerleader. 

 

   Twin Brother    In honor of my twin brother on our birthday. We live on opposite coasts of the U.S. and are often apart for our birthday. In Upper Egypt, the story is that twins turn into cats at night and roam the streets together. Here's to seeing you in dreamtime twin of mine since we live so far apart.

Twin Brother

In honor of my twin brother on our birthday. We live on opposite coasts of the U.S. and are often apart for our birthday. In Upper Egypt, the story is that twins turn into cats at night and roam the streets together. Here's to seeing you in dreamtime twin of mine since we live so far apart.

   Son    For Mica on his birthday.

Son

For Mica on his birthday.