Description A Faithful Friend is a strong defence, and he that hath found such an one hath found a treasure.The original painting is executed in handmade egg tempera, using authentic 'Medieval' pigments. The border is gilded in genuine gold leaf, using a traditional gesso base on a wood panel.The style is after the early Medieval, Celtic illuminated manuscripts. The cross is surrounded by birds. Traditionally, birds such as the swan, the duck , the linnet and the oyster catcher are associated with St. Bride and Mary. The birds are not readily identifiable as a particular species, nor are they meant to be. Birds are also symbolic of Christ in creation.
Diane George, Carmarthenshire Member Since September 2011 Artist Statement Diane George is a visual artist, of mixed English, Irish, Hungarian and Flemish heritage, living and working in South West Wales, UK. She specialises in Sacred and Traditional art, inspired by early Medieval manuscript illumination, pre and post Christian Celtic art and Indo-European art. Diane studied at The Prince's School of Traditional Arts and was awarded a Masters Degree in 2004 from the University of Wales. Her final degree show was attended by HRH The Prince of Wales. Her work includes the first illuminated manuscript of The Gospel of Thomas to be made in modern times. This manuscript is on display at St David's Cathedral library, Wales. Diane's work has been exhibited at a number of museums, cathedrals, galleries and stately homes throughout the UK, including the Alberto Vilar Gallery in London. Diane lives in Carmarthenshire with her other half, Peter,and their two dogs (Billy and Muttley).