Our Faces by Lyla Paakkanen

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Artist Statement

"Women hold the key to perpetuating a family line and so each woman is beautiful in her own right. We celebrate their similarities and differences as members of the diversity in the human race. I tried to depict those differences in these representations of ethnic women's faces. It is the women who are the ones who are able to continue the genetic line of a family and people. Most of the time, it is the women who pass on, from one generation to the next, not just the way that people look, but the ethnic culture, the stories and traditions. the food, and our family life experiences. I wanted to keep this composition simple, by not having too many faces, but trying to represent a sample of ethnic diversity and the importance of solidarity. We are all one family!" - Lyla Paakkanen

Lyla Paakkanen lives in Sacramento, where the Pony Express ended its route. She is a freelance artist and illustrator, has a Master’s Degree in Art from CSUN, Communications Design from UCLA. She taught art at 5 colleges and has won many awards in California and Colorado for her work.

About We Were Strangers Too

We Were Strangers Too is a collection of designs showing how diverse and universal the refugee experience truly is. Proceeds support the Anti-Defamation League, the nation's premier civil rights/human relations agency, fighting anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all.

About our Prints

Each poster is hand-printed and handled, to make sure that only the highest quality is offered and sent out. The matte paper and high quality of inks make for a vibrant image which looks great both framed, and au-naturel. Printed in Los Angeles, CA, on Epson Enhanced Matte Paper, heavyweight stock, high color gamut, using Epson UltraChrome HDR ink-jet technology. Framed posters offer the same, museum-quality printed poster, but wrapped in a protective black frame. The frame is lightweight and includes a shatter-resistant acrylite front protector, so it won't break in the mail. International orders may be subject to customs duties & taxes.