This was a commissioned piece for a client who had saved her dog "Liberty" from a shelter. Saint Francis is cradling Liberty in his arms.
Saint Francis of Assisi (1182-1226)
Saint Francis was born in 1182 in Assisi, Italy. He was the son of a wealthy cloth merchant. He spent his youth frivolously, spending money and attending parties with nobles One day, A mysterious voice spoke to him and told him he must change his life and serve God. He walked away from his former life, rejecting all material wealth and privilege. Soon, he felt himself called to preach simplicity of living and poverty. He emphasized the importance of relying on God�s will as opposed to attaining worldly goods. Large numbers of people began following his way of life and they formed a small commune on the outskirts of town. They worked to care for the poor and the sick. A new Order of the church was formed, known today as the Franciscan Order. He died on October 3, 1226. St. Francis is the patron saint of animals and the environment.
About the Artist
I have been drawing for as long as I can remember. Growing up, the paintings that hung on our walls were that of my father and grandfather. Their subjects were invariably the people and landscapes of the beautiful state of New Mexico where I was born and raised. I have also had the great privilege of growing up in a huge, beautiful extended family. My paintings come from a mind full of memories and a heart full of love for my Hispanic heritage.
Victoria de Almeida All rights reserved 2009
Santa Fe, New Mexico
May 17th, 2011
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