Eleanor Dickinson, Artist
Art Inspired by Living in Morocco and Togo

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During the 1960's and 1970's my dad, who was a career Foreign Service officer, serverd two tours of duty in Morocco and one tour in Togo. My mom, who was a career artist, was also a career Foreign Service wife, which meant that she lived in and embraced the local culture, wherever they were. As an artist, she drew her inspiration from the people, the traditions, the colors, and the ambiance of everything that surrounded. In Morocoo, Berber tribesmen came down from the mountains on special occasions riding horses and carrying traditional muskets. This sketch is one of many that captured that spectacle.
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In Morocco, she discovered the rich texture of unfired pottery, which she bought in a local marketplace. This was her new canvas. With the painting complete, she took it back to the potter to be fired with a glaze. The result was a collection of pottery that portrayed the feeling of the country in its very texture as well as its imagery.

Argentine-born California artist Maria Cristina Alvarez Magliano commented on the Moroccan art:
"Her traces on the plates with human figures are so supple, light and representative at the same time. The knives, on the other hand, are strong -as it should- and typical of that culture. She needed nothing else to give the viewer exactly what she wanted to share with them. Even if you hadn’t informed us where and what she was inspired at the time, it is undoubtedly the North Africa I cannot find a better word to describe her style than ‘synthesis’ , a quality very hard to achieve."

Cristina is renowned for her work in marquetry. She loves the texture and colors of wood and is able to render the delicate and intricate beauty of flowers, the motion of a tango dancer, or the passion of an opera in her marquetry. If you thought marquetry was just for furniture, you should visit her web site:


I know my mom would have loved Cristina's work and enjoyed getting to know her.