“Heart of a Lioness”
Spotting this young Maasai woman and
her baby at a Maasai boma, I was captivated by her
natural grace and beauty. More than that, there was the
mixture of her innocence and her fire. Probably only
about 16 years old, her face was soft each time she
glanced tenderly at the infant on her back. A momentary
outburst by some of the older women (was it envy?)
prompted a fierce flash of defiance from her eyes.
Embodying all it takes for a woman to survive in her
culture, the expression on her face encapsulates the
fire and mystery of Africa. After sketching her that
day, I found her presence lingered over me until I was
powerless to resist. Here she is, my first person, in
the vibrant colors and jewelry of her tribe.