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"Rise Up"

“Rise Up”

oil on canvas


30" x 48"



While watching the inauguration, I learned that the word Kamala means lotus flower in Sanskrit. It’s a symbol of significance in Indian culture. A lotus grows underwater, it’s flowers rising above the surface while the roots are planted firmly in the river bottom. I thought of my painting when I heard that and finished it. I dedicate this painting to Madam Vice President Kamala Harris, the first woman, first Black American and first South Asian American to hold the office. This painting is about hope.

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