Acrylic on canvas, 30″ x 40″. Celebrating silver jubilee 1990-2015. The history of the Benedictine nuns, Our Lady of the Desert monastery: began at El Rito, NM ( upper right), moved to Santa Cruz, NM ( lower right); later, moved to Christ in the Desert, Abiquiu, NM (upper left). I joined when the monastery was here. Ten years later, passing by Saint Rose de Lima church in Blanco for one year and a half ( lower left) then moved to the present desert in Gobernador, where Saint Benedict is standing.
The painting is on the way to New Mexico. I hope the Sisters will get it before the Solemnity of Saint Benedict this Saturday as they are going to celebrate their 25th anniversary. This is the surprise for them. I worked day and night to finish it on time because the idea just came to me in the last few days. The page of the rule on his hand is still blank. I did not have time to write some words on it, many details are not done well…
This 24″ x18″ Icon is the second one contributed to Casa Angelica in Albuquerque. Egg tempera with 24 kt. Italian gold background in water gilding technique. You might want an explanation on the Icon. Here it is:
“The Nativity”, The Birth of Our Lord ( I based on the 15th century Russian Icon)
The emphasis of the icon is on the figure of Our Lady who gave birth to God as she bore the name “Theotokos”, “God Bearer”. It is different from the Nativity we used to see depicted by the Western artists.
Top left expresses the Heavenly Joy of the Angels. The opposite side, the Angel announces the Good News to the shepherd. Below the Angels, on the left, are the three kings on their way to look for the King of kings. Left lower corner, is Saint Joseph who was confused by the devil who tried to tell him that it was impossible for a virgin to give birth. To the right, the servants are giving Baby Jesus a bath showing His earthly life.
Finally, thanks to God, I finished the icon of saint Michael. It is still wet with the varnishing, but I am happy for this accomplishment.
It took me almost 4 months!
Gift to my mother at her house in Garland, Texas.
Dimensions: I did not measure the house. I made it cover the whole dining room wall, and just wanted to do it for my mom within my 10 days home visit in January, 2013.
The background of this painting is the scene of Chimayo sanctuary in New Mexico.
Gift to Canossian Sisters in Albuquerque