Angakkuq (transformative mask) – 36×48 Oils on Canvas

The Yup’ik and the Inuit believe their shamans, called Angakkuq, have the power to assume different forms. the power of flight is achieved by transforming into a bird. transformation is achieved by wearing elaborate robes and masks that resemble local birds. at the end of the flight, the bird would …

!gixa (sorcerer of the /xam) -36×48 Oils on Canvas

The /Xam in South Africa believed in the powers of their shamans to transcend their physical form, to change to a selected form of a buck, gazelle or a bird in trance. Other interpretations have theorized that these figures are death spirits, or an early race of peoples, but largely …

Houri (Waiting) – 36×48 Oils on Canvas

The Houri is another islamic angel. Houris inhabit the seventh level of heaven and have red blue and gold wings, inky black tresses and gold and white headdresses. their eyes are downcast and they forever kneel offering praises to Allah. There is also a belief that Houris are rewards for …

Selaphiel (lost in prayer) – 36×48 Oils on Canvas

Selaphiel is one of the seven archangels of Catholic Tradition and Eastern Orthodox beliefs. he is usually depicted either as a thurifer (an incense burner) or in prayer with his arms crossed over his chest. I chose to depict him praying in that attitude but with a thurifer as well. …