Joseph of Cupertino is the Patron of Aviators, Aviation, Air Travel, Astronauts, People with Learning Disabilities, Special Needs Children, Mental Handicaps, Test Taking and Students.
His father was a kind and generous man who died shortly before Joseph was born. His mother raised him alone. He was a poor student who stared blankly into the air when studying. He wanted to become a monk, but because of his learning disabilities, several orders would not accept him. Eventually, he was accepted by the Franciscans. On St. Francis's feast Day, October 4, 1630, Joseph was helping in the procession when he suddenly soared into the sky and hovered there. After this he often began to soar upon hearing a choir or seeing a cross. Not all the monks liked his flights or his ability to heal people without charging them any money. They confined him to the monastery and out of sight of the public. He grew in wisdom and holiness despite his learning handicaps. He had a large following by the time he died. He was canonized in 1781.
Lynn Garlick Retablos grew organically over a period of 20 years. To create these heart-felt paintings of saints, angels and blessings, Lynn has brought to the folk art of Retablo making, all the skills and passions that she has learned through a lifetime of drawing, woodworking and painting. She is a long time resident of Taos, New Mexico. Moved by the sacred art of the retablo paintings and the santeros (saint makers) who made them, she started creating them herself. Lynn handcarves and paints her original designs on the traditionally used ponderosa pine planks. Then she decoupages high quality prints of her originals onto pine boards, in an old school technique used for the Italian altar screens of medieval Europe.
Speaking of her work, Lynn says, "The diverse cultures and the landscape of this part of the country deeply and yet unintentionally influenced me both artistically and spiritually. I am nourished by Northern New Mexico's rugged wildness and rawness. The profound devotion found in the different traditions and faiths here are unusual and inspiring. My original Retablos are painted on board with watercolor. I produce these prints with a deep appreciation of the santero and what has come before".
Includes a statement about the saint on the reverse side. Most are available as either an ornament or a wall hanging. The Ornaments are hand printed on a masonite board with a thread for easy hanging.
The Retablos range in size from 9" to 13" inches tall and are 5 1/2" wide by 3/4" thick. Ornaments range in size from 4" to 6" tall by 2 1/2" to 3" wide by 1/8" thick.
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