Folk Art Icon of St. Rose of Lima 2017
Acrylics on Canvas Panel
by jojo sabalvaro-tan
The St. Rose of Lima Parish Church near us will be unveiling their newly constructed church soon. I wanted to make an icon that I can gift to the church. This time I decided to make a folk art style icon of St. Rose of Lima, who is the patron saint of the church and was also proclaimed patron saint of the South Americas, the Indies and the Philippines by Pope Clement X.
My influence for the icon is the Hispanic culture that is so prevalent in Florida. I used the bright and vivid colors present in Latin America art, as well as the tree of life motif which is frequently found in art and culture since pre-Columbian times in Mesoamerica. The tree of life was used as the backdrop for St. Rose of Lima's representation. At the bottom of the tree, I added depictions of water, earth, mountains and skies. The branches of the tree have fishes, animals, flowers and birds to represent some of the living things found on earth. She would wear a crown of thorns which is often replaced by a crown of roses in depictions of her. The infant Jesus is also frequently present in paintings of St. Rose of Lima. The spiritual guidance to create this icon is the same as any other I have done. It does seem a little rebellious but I believe it does not lose any of the sacred message that are imparted by traditional icons.
I had been contemplating making an icon of St. Rose of Lima ever since I saw the new church under construction. It took me a while to figure out how I would approach it. Originally, I was going to make a traditional style-icon. Then all of a sudden another concept came through my mind. Why not make an icon with Hispanic influence. Once that idea got embedded in my mind, the process went fairly fast. This was completed in less than a week from the first sketch to the final application of paint. It still needs to be sealed to protect the paint and then framed.
Drawing on canvas
Overpainting and details
About St. Rose of Lima:
St. Rose of Lima (born Isabel Flores de Oliva) is shown wearing a nun habit since she was a Dominican of the Third Order. St. Rose is the patroness of embroiderers, gardeners, florists, those who suffer ridicule for their piety and people who suffer family problems. For more about St. Rose of Lima, please visit http://www.catholic-saints.net/saints/st-rose-of-lima.php .
Quote from St. Rose of Lima:
"When we serve the poor and the sick we serve Jesus. We must not fail to help our neighbors, because in them we serve Jesus".
Chaplet of St. Rose
Glorious St. Rose of Lima, you who knew what it was to love Jesus with such a fine a generous heart. You, whom since infancy, despised the world’s vanities in order to embrace His Cross. You who loved with unfailing devotion our Heavenly Mother and professed a great tender dedication to the destitute, serving then the same way Jesus did. Teach us to imitate your greatest virtues, so that we, following your example, could enjoy your glorious protection in Heaven. For Our Lord, Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns forever. Amen.