ICON Artworks is proud to introduce our new series of religious/ spiritual "icons"...which includes a beautiful desktop sculpture of St. Francis of Assisi. This remarkable piece was created by artist Nancy King and is handcrafted in cast pewter and bronze. St. Francis of Assisi is one of the most popular and beloved Catholic saints. Today, Saint Francis of Assisi is the patron saint for ecologists — a title honoring his boundless love for animals and nature. Saint Francis of Assisi abandoned a life of luxury for a life devoted to Christianity after reportedly hearing the voice of God, who commanded him to rebuild the Christian church and live in poverty.
A perfect gift for those who love animals and are passionate about the environment. Click here to order.
- Created by artist Nancy King exclusively for ICON Artworks
- Handcrafted in Cast Pewter and Bronze Plated Cast Pewter
- Size: 7.5 inches (including base); Total Weight: 2.5 lbs
- Each sculpture is mounted on a round, black Belgian marble base which can be customized or personalized with laser engraving.
- First Edition is individually numbered, limited to 1000
- Includes a Certificate of Authenticity
ABOUT THE ARTIST: Artist Nancy King grew up in Tulsa, OK and was interested in art from an early age. In high school, she studied oil painting with Jay O'Meilia, a nationally recognized artist who specialized in portrait work, sports paintings and sculpting. Nancy earned a degree in art education from Oklahoma State University and pursued her passion for art by producing several oil paintings of landscapes and portraits.
About ten years ago, Nancy had the honor of becoming one of artist Robin Richerson's students and quickly developed a passion for sculpting. "Every sculpture is very personal to me," states Nancy. "It's an art that involves talent, creativity, problem-solving...and a lot of patience, but the end product gives me an incredible feeling of accomplishment."
Nancy chose to sculpt St. Francis of Assisi because he was a figure in her home when growing up, whether it was a little statue on her breakfast table or a garden statue by the birdbath and feeders. She discovered St. Francis was the patron saint of nature from singing "The Prayer of St. Francis" in her church choir. She studied the teachings of St. Francis and learned that he truly believed that "nature itself is the mirror of God" and that we must care not only for all creatures but also our environment.
"One of my goals in depicting St. Francis was to make sure he has a kind, gentle look on his face...unlike many of the St. Francis sculptures that reflect a solemn or glum appearance," states Nancy. "I really feel that holding a bird or animal would have given him so much pleasure. How could he not have been smiling?"