The 229-year-old mission church, St. Francis of Assisi (Spanish name:
"San Francisco de Asis"), erected in 1776, is an historically
rich structure. The tamped-earth buttressing is comprised of clay and
straw and was pictured in the famous Georgia O'Keeffe painting "Ranchos
My intent in composing this, and its related images,
was to highlight the surreal luminance which seems to pervade its historical
and spiritual significance, and is created visually by the sun-baked
earthen materials used in its composition.