I am currently working on a commission by Father Thomas Reeves, a Carmelite. It is of the 5 Carmelite Martyrs of 1936 who served in the Mission of Santa Cruz in Tucson Arizona, before being sent back to Spain where they were killed by the Marxist Party in 1936.
This was a particularly
challenging work because of its size and detail. Many things having a
particular meaning are included in the painting. ( It is 48x60, Oil) The
scene is supposed to be taking place in Spain,where they are
receiving the Palm of Martyrdom from Our Lady of Carmel and Baby
Jesus (The Idea of the Image is from various richly decorated Spanish
statues of this Madonna.)
The Sky is red from the War, Blood and Tribulation in
Spain, where many Religious were persecuted and killed in the 1930s. A
burst of Heaven above, with St John of the Cross and St Teresa of Avila await the Martyrs. The Mission in Arizona is shown to the left.
This is an original concept. The only photos used were the faces of the
Martyrs (Blessed Brother Angel, Blessed Father Edurado, Blessed Father
Pedro (receiving the Palm from the Madonna), Blessed Father Lucas
and Blessed Father Vincente. All 5 Priests were beatified in Spain last
October. Beatification is a step before Sainthood. When finished, the
painting will hang in the room behind the main alter where the Priests
dress before Mass.