Saint Catherine of Siena is the Patroness of Nurses, Sick People, Firefighters; Invoked against Fire, Illness, Miscarriages and Sexual Temptation.
St. Catherine of Seina 1347-1380 AD. A tertiary of the Dominican order, she was a great philosopher and theologian of the church. Catherine was the daughter of a wool dyer and a local poet. She was the 24th of 25 children and started having visions at the age of six. She worked with the sick and needy. She was brilliant and charismatic, and attained a following of both men and women. She never had a formal education but became friends with the Pope and many leaders of her time. She persuaded the Pope to return to Rome from Avignon, And at the time of her death she was working to heal The Great Western Schism. Catherine did receive stigmata which only showed after her death.
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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