The marble image of Saint Francis of Assisi is
the center piece of the mission church's courtyard at San Francisco
This 229-year-old church, built in 1776, has been
the subject of many artists, including Georgia O'Keeffe in her celebrated
painting, Ranchos Church.
In the creation of this image, I was fascinated,
as in the rest of the historical structure, by the almost spiritual
luminosity of the tamped-earthen building, and icons of devotion populating
the mission grounds.