This young girl tending her llama was created using a fused, raw-edge applique technique, while the background is hand-painted. The face and hands of the young girl are thread-painted to create a more life-like image. The artist took the original inspiration photo for this piece in Cusco, Peru where this poor girl was being teased by a group of young boys. She has been recreated in a more pastoral setting.
This composition has a very different setting than the inspiration photograph. I isolated the images of the girl and her llama from the original photo and built separate fused foundations of each of them on a Teflon fusing mat. Each was positioned on the hand-painted background and then stitched. This process allowed me to reverse the images and place them closer together.