____________________________________________ In 1563, Elizabeth I of England instituted a new, harsher statute allowing for the prosecution of those accused of witchcraft, although England had had laws forbidding it since 1542. While English law did not provide for the torture and burning of persons found guilty, (burning being the punishment for treason) approximately one thousand people - notably women - were were condemned and hanged between 1542 and 1736 (when the last witchcraft laws were removed from the books) for practicing the black arts. ____________________________________________ 'Possessed' children were often the accusers of those unfortunates tried as witches; sometimes neighbors involved in land or other disputes leveled charges against their adversaries; sometimes old, destitute women were accused of witchcraft simply because they mumbled to themselves or kept a cat or some other pet, the animal being declared a 'familiar' of Satan. In other cases, people born with an unusual mole or birthmark in the shape of a star or some other recognizable, potentially magickal symbol were thought to be 'marked' by the devil and arrested as well. ____________________________________________ Here, young Agnes Hansart sits, fearful and despondent, in a dark cell, pondering her fate. She has one hand tightly closed about the other, because a rival for the affections of a village youth has claimed that the crescent-shaped scar on one of the fingers of her right hand is the mark of Satan. In reality, Agnes had cut herself with a sickle during the family harvest some years before. We can only hope that the magistrates will believe her testimony and that of her father. ____________________________________________ Digital oil painting; the figure is taken from an original photograph shot at King Arthur's Fall Harvest Faire in Hebron, Connecticut on October 23, 2010.</ce
February 26, 2013: An amazing thing happened today - I have been announced as one of the five finalists for a Shorty Award in Art. The Shorty Awards are given to the producers of the best of online social media in a variety of categories and I am honored to be in the running.
August 2, 2012: I am honored to have been showcased in Official Feature Online Entertainment New Magazine in the article "Connecticut’s Artist Expressionist: RC deWinter" highlighting my work in the arts. My thanks to the editors and staff. You can read it here: http://bit.ly/N6z4Yl
May 1, 2012: I am proud and also humbled to have several poems and paintings prominently featured in the First Anniversary Issue of Pink Panther Magazine. See my work on pp 52-57: http://bit.ly/KoMryO Purchase this beautifully produced magazine of women's art and writing here: http://bit.ly/In88Eg Thanks and bright blessings to the marvellous editors of Pink Panther for this extraordinary validation of my work.
April 6, 2012: Thanks to editor/writer Dominic Richardson at ARTbracket for this article on me and my work. http://bit.ly/HrZmDd
January 21, 2012: I am honored to have two of my poems, imprecation and WomanRoots, published in the latest issue of Pink Panther Magazine. The magazine can be purchased here: http://bit.ly/yUcPOM
My October 2011 solo show at the Arts of Tolland Gallery in Connecticut was a great success. I am greatly honored to be the first digital artist invited to exhibit there. My thanks to the Board for all their help before, during and after the 5-week show.
April 29, 2011: I am proud to announce that ABC has licensed four more of my works for use as set decoration on the TV show Desperate Housewives.
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