Eastern Cottontail, Manresa Jesuit Retreat

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Eastern Cottontail, Manresa Jesuit Retreat

Wallhanging
Dimensions:
11.00" H x 14.00" W
Medium:
Oil (Oil on canvas)
Subject(s):
Eastern Cottontail, Manresa Jesuit Retreat
Original for Sale:
Original Available
Available as Ltd Edition:
No
Artist will donate 20% to International Wildlife Refuge Alliance from sale of this work.
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$405 USD
  • Painted en plein air on 5/11/21 at Manresa Jesuit Retreat House
  • Eastern Cottontail

I painted this during a paint out with the Plein Air Troupe at Manresa Jesuit Retreat. I was raised without religion and I've never prescribed to any particular faith. Because of this, I find that I am generally interested in religion - not necessarily in a critical sense but as something I am curious to learn more about, as to better understand humankind. While painting at Manresa Jesuit Retreat, I couldn't help but incorporate the Christianity of the place into my imagery. The verdant leafy grounds have a winding path with stops where the devout can contemplate the fiften stations of the cross. I noticed a tree trunk and branch, which when overlapped made an elegant sweeping motion and resembled a crucifix. I was painting beside the fourth station of the cross, where Jesus meets his mother. There were a number of Eastern Cottontails hopping around at the edge of the wooded area. In Christianity, rabbits sometimes symbolize fertility. I was reminded of Titian's "Madonna and Child with St. Catherine and Shepherd (Madonna of the Rabbit)." I chose to include an Eastern Cottontail looking back at the shadow cast by the crucifix's crosspiece.

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