The Saint is a figurative oil painting on masonite [a type of manufactured compressed wood pieces]. The artwork depicts a dark-haired nude man from the waist up. He is looking down into the shadows, with his hands raised, wrapping around his neck and head, lost in his own thoughts. He is cast in dramatic lighting, slivers of light hit him from the viewer's right, while the rest of his body remains in shadow. Behind him is a design of Florentine wall paper. The Saint's body is inclined in a subtle and lovely diagonal, and his arms make different shaped triangles, adding to the mysterious energy of the art.
The title comes from how I felt about the model. He really helped me in a time of need with his friendship and his gift of modeling for me while I worked out many emotions in 2008. Thank you, Ernesto!
Ernesto was my model for this painting, as well as many works during this time of healing for me. He was brilliant. He also posed for Entwined and Enough, and Relinquish, among others.