This is a portrait of my friend Lee
Kavaljian. It is him as the Buddha and it is honoring his love
for Asian Culture. It was inspired by a story that Lee told
me. The Buddha was sitting under the Bodhi tree, he was so
deep in meditation that he was unaware that it was extremely
hot. A group of snails saw him and realizing the importance
of his thoughts, crawled up to cover and protect his head with
their bodies. The snails died from exposure to the hot
sun and became honored as martyrs who had died to protect the
Buddha. The curls on his head are the snails on sculptures
you see. Buddha shaved his head and Asian people don’t
have curly hair. Photo
by Izzy Schwartz.
Lee and the sculpture at the
State Fair where I won Best in Show
Click here to see Lee's artwork.