A couple of years ago, I was working for Monica and Kade. They are devout catholics and we were talking about St. Anthony de Padua.
Our conversation inspired me to make this painting. I textured the background and then drew and cut out of wood, St. Anthony and Baby Jesus. Painted with metallic gold and bronze and aged/antiqued it.
Today, I went by Monica's and gave her this painting as a gift. It made her very happy and they're going to hang it over their fireplace in the middle of the room.
Monica is very special to me and I knew she would really appreciate this particular painting.
When they drive in the country, they always see scissor tailed flycatchers and they asked me to paint a sky and these birds in the skylight in their master bath. As the sun and clouds move, it makes the mural very interesting. It was fun seeing it again. The ceiling is actually white, not black. But, the black kind of nicely highlights the mural in this photo.
I have painted in almost every room in their home and it's always nice to go back and visit my work.