Description Print from PaintingSister Mara - Blue LadyBest for print on paper.The Blue Lady, a Franciscan sister, bi located to NM in the 16th century. Understand that native Americans at the time were a mixed bag - not always the enlightened beings Lyn Andrews etc. might picture them as. Well, the bi-locating Blue Lady introduced the natives to Christianity while napping in Spain. It was a little mike preaching to the choir in some cases i.e. to the Pueblos-overall a peaceful bunch. After that the Franciscan monks showed up who mostly followed the same idea along with St Francis's love of animals. I guess the Pueblos could equate the Spanish war lords with the raiding less enlightened native folk, and not with the Blue Lady etc., thank you. Guess who never got pushed on a pile of dirt 600 miles away and today sometimes combine Christianity and Native American stories in their festivals.The painting includes the Tree of Life - which shows up sometimes in Catholic religious art around the time of the Blue Lady - I witnessed that in Florence Italy. The dove (peace) wolf (often wisdom) also represent the two cultures - Native American and Christian. The faceof the Blue Lady is represented at the bottom, the Virgin ofGuadeloupe's face is at the top. Her/their body is the Tree of Life.In the history of Taos, NM, it is important to note that the The Pueblo Revolt centered in that area, which has one of the longest existing Pueblos. The Pueblo kicked the Spanish out after a fight. When the Spanish returned the Spanish toned down their methods. Also profit motivebefore the revolt had a lot to do with enslaving the Native Americans. Often the conquest of the New World by Spain was privately funded and needed a direct pay back. The clergy, at least the ones not too far over the top, saw things differently. But as today there are clergythat are over the top.I recently discovered brother Bernadino, a poor friar went to the trouble of convincing the Catholic Chur
Michael Godey, New Mexico Member Since April 2007 Artist Statement MFA in fine art. My art is at NM, Eye on the Mountain Gallery, Taos, New Mexico, Dog and Pony Gallery (my studio) Tajique, NM and High Springs Gallery, High Springs Florida.
Education MFA, Painting, University of Florida 1980, BA, Fine Arts,University of South Florida 1972
Community Activities: Music Until Dusk, organizer, summer 2011, Arts in Medicine (AIM), Shands Hospital, Gainesville FL April 1995-2004, artist in residence 1995-1996 including “Reflections” play back theater troupe as actor and