Saint’s began back when I was a child, fascinated by saints and their stories. What with all the drama, tragedy and gore, these stories were better than any fairy tale! I still retain a fondness for those old saints and am drawn to icons, stylized representations of religious figures, and risas, protective coverings occasionally used. It seems to me that risas not only protect the painting, but those figures represented as well. I have created my own series of icons and risas. Standard saints set the historical context for accompanying contemporary icons which place friends and family in their own risas, places where they’ve told me they feel safe.