36” x 24” | ready to hang | mixed media on birch with gold leaf
This figure embodies the joyful & fascinating group of people who walked alongside me on the ancient pilgrimage trails of El Camino de Santiago from Portugal to Spain. She is represented with the symbols of the Camino: the scallop shell + the abstracted band of yellow which represents the directional yellow arrow which all Camino pilgrims follow. These trails have been in use for over 1000 years and continue to beckon to the imagination of contemporary adventurers.
While on the Camino, I was able to fill a small sketchbook of impressions and drawings. After returning to home and studio I have enjoyed fleshing out the simple drawings into a series of paintings that encompass the physical and spiritual experience - sharing how it felt to be there.