Angel Guardians of Home & Family
"We call upon you to enter in. Come close and share in our work and play, as we patiently and lovingly guide our children, and tenderly care for our sick and our old. May there be food enough for body and soul, and warmth for heart and home. Oh blessed ones keep from our door the darkness and the strife of the world away. Sooth our hurts. Amplify our love, and help us fill our home with the peace and joy."
prayer by Lynn Garlick
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.