Madonna & Child - Illumination of Mind.
There are many titles of Mary in the church. She can be called upon for the afflicted. She is director of the Angels who are guardians of humans, control over monsters, protector of pilgrims and travelers, against danger and evil, for souls in purgatory, gives strength in suffering and compassion for those who suffer, help with children, childbirth and sinners, help in sickness, and illumination of mind through her wisdom.
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.