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By Mark Hennen

In this recently composed vignette Gateway artist David O’Toole plays it close to the vest and sticks to the observational facts on a 5 ½ in x 4 ½ in note card.  What do we see?


We see a lady of imposing physical stature with what appears to be a tattoo around her upper right arm.  She has long black hair tied into a pony tail.  She is wearing a fashionably fringed and decoratively stitched one piece garment belted at the waist.  Around her neck is a blue and white double stranded necklace.  Is it beaded?  She stands in a patch of cleared land amongst a plot of what might be immature maize.  Caught in a moment of time she seems wary as she casts her gaze beyond the picture frame.  What does she see?  We don’t know.

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