La Sagrada Familia

La Sagrada Familia

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8 x 11 in. Signed Print 

I painted " La Sagrada Familia" the day after the 2016 Election. It was based on traveling with my partner Evie and encountering some undocumented immigrants. We were sitting around a bonfire one night with this young man from Guatemala who told us why he was in the United States, his struggles, his hopes, and fears. He had come here as a teenager, only to be de­ported and then almost beaten to death in Mexico. He eventually crossed the desert again to the United States. Everything about him broke us. This icon is confident that he is beautiful as a person. He has the image of God within him. His experience immediately came to mind while creating this modern holy family image and how the refugee Jesus, Mary, and Joseph must have felt fleeing from Herod 2,000 years ago.