One who is like God
Archangel Michael defeated Lucifer and hurled the fallen angel into hell. He appeared to Moses in the burning bush, talked with Abraham and inspired Joan of Arc. He has appeared on the battlefield in both world wars. He carries a scale because he weighs the soul's nature to determine where we will go when we die. At the world's end, it is said, that he will do final battle with the Antichrist. He is recognized in Judaism, Christianity, and the Muslim faith.
"Glorious Archangel Michael, Great Protector, in the midst of great danger grant me the strength of mind, body, and spirit that I may overcome the perils I face."
About the Artist
Lynn Garlick started carving, painting, and producing her retablos in 1993. Her workshop is located in the high desert town of Taos, New Mexico, a landscape richly steeped in religious iconography and history. The retablo, or ʻboard behind the alterʼ, was originally created in New Mexico in the 1800ʼs in response to the lack of Bibles and Icons being sent from the church in Rome. The Santero (saint maker) painted retablos from pigment collected and ground from the local surroundings. The boards were hand hewed usually of ponderosa pine or tin. The practice has carried down through the generations and is still done this way today. Lynn paints her originals retablos on traditional pine boards carving and then paints them. To create her production work the images are mounted on baltic birch.