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Ofrenda Icons

In 2017, I was asked to paint a series of saint icons for an ofrenda altar walk at a POC-centered gathering on contemplation, action, and healing.

 

From the conference website: "The altars created and curated for the conference's Altar spaces are homages to those saints that have come before us, un-remembered or under-remembered, who we feel held in the stories of their lives the work in the world we aspire to - of deep spirituality, of courageous justice, of empowered POC-voices, and healing for the world."

The following year I was asked to paint four more saints.

 

It was a deeply moving experience for me to learn about each of these saints, and then to spend hours in the studio alone with each of them as they came to life on the canvas.

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More recently, I was commissioned to paint a Black Madonna icon for a friend of mine. As a former Catholic, I felt an immense responsibility to properly portray this venerated woman. 

An icon oil painting of saint Moses the Black with a halo
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Moses the Black・oil on canvas・24 x 36 in

An icon oil painting of Dolores Huerta with a halo
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Dolores Huerta・oil on canvas・24 x 36 in

An icon oil painting of Sarah Winnemucca with a halo
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Sarah Winnemucca・oil on canvas・24 x 36 in

An icon oil painting of Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz with a halo
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Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz・oil on canvas・24 x 36 in

an icon oil painting of trans activist Sylvia Rivera with a halo
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Sylvia Rivera・oil on canvas・24 x 36 in

an icon oil painting of Fred Korematsu with a halo
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Fred Korematsu・oil on canvas・24 x 36 in

an icon oil painting of Barbara Holmes with a halo
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Barbara Holmes・oil on canvas・24 x 36 in

an icon oil painting of Sandra Bland with a halo
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Sandra Bland・oil on canvas・24 x 36 in

an icon oil painting of activist Grace Lee Boggs with a halo
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Grace Lee Boggs・oil on canvas・24 x 36 in

icon oil painting of writer Isabel Allende with a halo
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Isabel Allende・oil on canvas・24 x 36 in

icon oil painting of Native American activist Mary Brave Bird with a halo
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Mary Brave Bird・oil on canvas・24 x 36 in

icon oil painting of Black Madonna, or Mary the Mother of Jesus, with a halo and nose ring
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Black Madonna・oil on canvas・16 x 20 in

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