Each Others Instruments
One of my nephews called this my “multi-culty” angels. The angels are, in fact, portraits of friends and relatives. They are holding instruments that are not traditional for the ethnicities that each represents, as if that would matter to angels! The painting was exhibited in the front window of the Moscoso Gallery during the Christmas season many years ago, and it provoked a good deal of commentary and raillery. The title is taken from the Prayer of St. Francis, which says:

Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace. Where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy.

O, Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love; For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; it is in dying that we are born again to eternal life.

The painting refers to the prayer indirectly and signifies doubly on the word instrument.
Oils on stretched canvas 30” x 40” (custom framed)