I created this piece of art with charcoal and gold leaf. There is something about mixing these two mediums that feels sophisticated yet helps to portray a type of spirituality I could not capture with a camera. I deal with gold leaf often because it reminds me of the presence of God. When iconography was being produced for the Byzantine church a golden halo could be spotted behind people associated with divinity. In my work I strive to show the viewer that this kind of closeness to God (or sainthood) is available to everyone through the work of Jesus Christ.
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