In Magna Grecia, Saint Barbara with her long Egyptian earrings and exquisite necklace, was an internationally famed miracle-working saint. She protected those who prayed to her from bites of noxious animals, thunder and lightning, jaundice (thought to be caused by rainbows), and sudden death.
Saint Barbara Blue is the saint's blissful blue avatar, perhaps a bit like Krishna, or a sentient extraterrestrial, or perhaps a sister to Na'vi. In my artist's eye she is a time traveler and a culture traveler who is the color of a cloudless summer day.
The Madonna is patron of all good things, particularly motherhood. Here she and her child are presented in rich, warm, welcoming colors. This monotype, and all the art you see in my store today, is inspired by ancient Byzantine frescos dating back to mid-6th century and seen in the small chapel, Santa Maria della Croce, in Casaranello, a town in Puglia, Italy. The beautiful Madonnas and saints wear nose rings and forehead bindi, confirming a strong Middle Eastern influence that I continue to pass on in my work.
I love this Madonna and Child because it speaks to motherhood, to teaching, to expressing the symbiotic relationship of unconditional love. Together, in unison, mother and child are breathing and exhaling, ingesting red light and white light, sharing the carnal and the spiritual. They look forward and at the same time remind us of the past.
When I exhibited this work,Internet Madonna got the most attention; the original monotype sold. Now I am offering archival prints of it and they are gorgeous. My printer is a Vermont artist who is very careful and precise.
About about Internet Madonna: she is a modern mother, expressing her concern about how much time her son is spending on the internet. He, on the other hand, expresses his joy in having over 3 million followers.