Theotokos refers to the Virgin and Child that derived from Christian religious canon. I used this familiar imagery to depict a mother Mourning Dove and her twin chicks. The scene shows the baby birds in a straw nest, an allusion to the manger in Christ's birth story. This piece features metallic gold and a dark background behind the birds. The frame is metallic gold with patina-style accents.
This highly detailed piece is part of my series of stylized and embellished bird portraits, which investigate the concept of veneration and encourage the viewer to contemplate the value we place on individual animal lives.
SIZE: painting is 8x8 inches, frame measures approximately 12.5 inches square
MEDIA: acrylic painting on panel, varnished, framed. Ready to display, with sawtooth hanger attached.