Friday, October 19, 2012


is. in. the. 

Kader and my friend Miss Paula

About 10 years ago, Mr. PV and I were on a trip to Sante Fe and had wandered out to the 
Sante Fe Opera where they have lots of artists' exhibits

This intriguing young man had some interesting things laid out and we went over for a look
and that began our enduring friendship.  
I do believe I said to him
"hey, wanna do an art show in Spearman Texas?"

he said yes
Kader demonstrates how he paints at an art show at Zulu Art Gallery

You see...Kader is from Africa...Burkina Faso to be exact and his style of painting is quite wonderful
he tears his canvas so that the edges are frayed, he mixes his own pigments and dyes
from things found in his village
all very natural and earthy
he then mixes that with ??? and some H20
and applies it with his hands
and then adds sticks and stones and other found natural objects to his mountains and bulls and village people

When we met him, he was 22, not much English (though he speaks 6 languages that now include fluent make that 7)
his art was rolled up in a back pack and he had traveled to America 
flying by the seat of his artsy pants and ended up in 
Sante Fe
and now
Spearman Texas and Facebook on a regular basis

We love us some Kader!

I do believe there was a time when our Mattie wanted to marry him
and I don't blame her
but Kader is a wanderer, an artist, not a tinge of fear in his soul
the kind of personality that allows him to go about the world
creating and sharing art..the kind he sees and touches and tastes...with folks like us

and besides...I think Coach Been might have been somewhere in the picture

Yep...Kader is 


It's All Connected said...

How brave he was to strike out into the unknown with just his talent to get by on! Art is the universal language. ~ Maureen

Jelisaveta Đukanović said...

Beautiful! :)

heather @ new house, new home, new life said...

A true artist in the most purest sense. I'm googling him to see if I can find some of his art.

Taylor Greenwalt said...

Great story... He us a true artist!

Annmarie Pipa said...

wow! what a fun post!!
my artist daughter would want to marry him too.

By Nela said...

Muy bonito!!!



Nancy said...

very cool man and I love his process making color and art from natural things.. What an honor you have to have this man at your home. I gather you own one of his pieces? I wanna see!!!!
xo Nancy