A wonderfully whimsical depiction of Saint Francis of Assisi and the Wolf of Gubbio by a Colorado artist! This is a truly unique, one-of-a-kind work of art. The medium is India Ink and colored inks on paper, then mounted on birch wood. Drawn in red colored pencil on brown paper and outlined with brush and ink. Ink cross-hatching (lights and darks built up by making tiny marks with a pen) was used. The final work was glazed with colored acrylic inks.
The Artist Explains His Inspiration for This Piece
“I was requested to depict Saint Francis of Assisi with the Wolf of Gubbio. I started reading about this wolf who became friendly towards Saint Francis. I tried to make the wolf a caricature which fit in with Saint Francis. I had to add a bird just because I love birds, and SF obviously did too. I kept it whimsical in the spirit of the stories I read about Saint Francis and the wolf of Gubbio.”
Saint Francis of Assisi – “Il Poverello” (The Poor One)
Francis encountered God in all of God’s creation and is for this reason now honored as the patron saint of animals, ecology and the environment (as well as the state of Colorado, the Archdiocese of Denver, the city of San Francisco and innumerable other causes). The fact that Cardinal Bergoglio has taken the name “Francis” as his papal name seems to augur his intent to carry out a program of radical reform of the Church. For Christ spoke from the crucifix of San Damiano in 1204 to Saint Francis in a mystical vision and commanded him to “rebuild my church.”