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Taos artist presents painting to Pope Francis

Kimberly Webber's 'Pia Mater' presented at Vatican City

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Taos artist Kimberly Webber said she was honored to meet His Holiness Pope Francis and present her original oil painting titled "Pia Mater" to him on Feb. 20 in Vatican City.

"Pia Mater" is a 24-by-18-inch rice paper and earth pigment encaustic and oil on panel painting. The painting took the artist over a year to complete and is 80-plus layers deep.

The palette in "Pia Mater," according to Webber, is comprised of traditional pure mineral pigments including azurite, lapis, manganese violet, malachite, mica, marble powder and pure 24-karat gold. The custom frame was hand carved, gilt in 22-karat gold, burnished and sealed with beeswax by the Gold Leaf Frame Makers of Santa Fe.

"Pia Mater" was created in Ranchos de Taos, at the artist's primary painting studio and historic adobe compound, originally part of the legendary San Francisco de Asis Mission Church Plaza.

Webber said "Pia Mater" was created as "an act of love and devotion for Mother Mary and the beloved Divine Mother archetype," a press release states.

In Latin, "Pia Mater" translates to "Tender Mother." The gift of "Pia Mater" to Pope Francis was intended to support the progressive and extraordinary work of Pope Francis and his focus on alleviating extreme poverty, dedication to environmental issues and call for unity, equality and peace, Webber noted.

For more information and for dedicated edition prints of "Pia Mater," visit kimberlywebber.com or Untitled Fine Art, 133 Kit Carson Road. Call (575) 758-3969.

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