The concept of this piece originates from early Christian/Roman art. I took aspects of imagery present in historical artwork and brought it to the modern day. Glowing halos and icon portraits were my main inspiration. I wanted this glow of faith to encircle a young practitioner's portrait.
In rereading Ephesians 6:10-20, I came to understand I wanted to focus on the shield of faith. I looked into early artworks depicting the shield of faith along with the full armor of God and the sword of the Spirit. I questioned how the shield of faith should be depicted in today's world. Faith is all encompassing, so our shields should be as well. The devoted young follower in the image has her eyes closed in prayer - in faith - as her shield encompasses her to protect her from the darkness and sins of the world.
Ellen Koeberlein, Artist
Model, A compost of multiple images & imagination
Orginal Pastel Painting on MDF Board
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Pastel, watercolor and ink paintings
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