In 2012, my husband and I traveled to isolated villages in Tibet and Mongolia. This series called “Mountain People” is inspired by the people that we met. The children had near black eyes and red cheeks peeking out from behind a thin veil of dirt. But the dirt didn’t make them look unclean, just natural. Colorful gowns many sizes too big enveloped the children, giving them a sense of innocence. The elders were only 50 or 60 and yet their wrinkles dominated their faces. Deep cracks ran across the faces of the villagers; living in the highest region on earth had obviously weathered them. Wearing it since childhood, the dirt seemed ingrained in their faces and personalities. They looked weathered, wise and wonderful. In my series, I used oil paints in an attempt to capture the villagers’ natural beauty.

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