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DIABLO

This is the first mask I carved back in America. It was carved with Red Alder wood that I had shipped from the Pacific Northwest. The wood has longer fibers than Pulai and is not quite as soft, but is ultimately a stronger material. The alder is a creamy color to begin with but as it is exposed to the air it begins to turn red, which inspired the coloring for the mask. The inspiration was some Mexican Day of the Dead masks that I had in books. The horns and ears were carved separately and attached later. I repeated the Balinese painting techniques using thinned acrylic paints from my scene-painting studio.