Born 385 AD in Scotland of Roman parents. At 14 he was captured by an Irish raiding party and taken back to Ireland as a slave. During his captivity he grew close to God through prayer. God told him in a dream to go to the coast and escape his captivity and so he did. Reunited with his family he studied for the priesthood and eventually became a bishop. He was sent to Ireland to bring the Gospels, fulfilling a dream he had earlier about the Irish begging him to come walk among them again. In forty years he converted all of Ireland. He used the Shamrock to explain the Trinity, thus it is his symbol. He died in 461. Many legends have grown up around St. Patrick. It is said he drove all the snakes out of Ireland (they don't have any) perhaps symbolic for the Druids who used serpent symbolism.
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.
Ornaments range in size from 4" to 6" tall by 2 1/2" to 3" wide by 1/8" thick. The Retablos range in size from 9" to 13" inches tall and are 5 1/2" wide by 3/4" thick.
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