David Colon Jr - Mayan

Watercolor painting by David Colon Jr.

Artist Statement: Ancient civilizations and their cultures have always interested me. I wonder about the appearance of their ceremonies and the spiritual meaning of the colors and materials used to decorate performers in these rituals. This painting celebrates the Mayan culture. This brightly decorated Mayan woman caught my attention with her extraordinary costume. I loved the challenges presented to me as I progressed laying down layers of washes to achieve the proper tones necessary for this piece. I left a white background so as not to distract from the figure and her bright ceremonial dress.