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EPIPHANY depicts the journey of the three Magi as they travel up a serpentine trail. One of the Wise Men is seated as he looks at a map of the constellations with his magnifying glass; his servant holds a lamp so that he can see. Another Magi searches with his telescope into the sky. They look up in search of their beautiful guiding star as angels surround and point to it. They have exotic birds, peacocks, and dogs among their animals. I have tried to capture the details of the many plants, bushes, and trees and to create a variety of colors of green.

I used many symbols within the tapestries draping the animals. These patterns depict the Lion of Judah, the lamp in the darkness, the rain falling on the parched ground, the key to the locked door, the crown and the heart, and the gates to the city.

This is part of a series of three images (TRIPTYCH). They were inspired by the Mexican tradition that I am familiar with for Christmas. Families will each create a beautiful crèche (nacimiento) with many figures and animals, creating a whole environment with landscaping in miniature around the Nativity figurines. 

Reflections on the Epiphany


Image Documentation 

An original, hand-printed serigraph published by the artist with collaboration of master printer Christopher Betambeau at Advanced Graphics in London, England.

Completed August 25th, 1988.

Edition Size: 210

Dimensions: Image: 38 1/2" x 12 1/8"
Paper: 43 1/2" x 17 1/4"

Paper: Velin Arches Blanc, Mould-made 100% rag, Acid-free

Colors: 48 colors printed
Price: $800.00






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