The assignment was to create an original design for the eighth Kwanzaa stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service.
The artist depicts the profile of a woman’s face with her eyes closed. The subject's contemplative demeanor signifies the ways in which observers of Kwanzaa reflect on the seven founding principles, the "Nguzo Saba," and their role in everyday life. A "kinara" (candleholder) with the seven lit candles ("mishumaa saba") sits in front of her. In her hand-sketched and digitally colored design, the artist used cool tones to evoke a sense of inner peace and vibrant design elements to give the artwork a celebratory feel.
After only three months on the market 33% of the stamps had sold.