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@frauluther:

This is really lovely. I promise I don’t usually freak out about this but I am curious about your choice for her skin tone. Our Lady of Czestochowa is one of my favorite icons and of course she’s famous for being a “Black Madonna.” I like that about her, I think she’s really lovely, and I am kind of disappointed to see that changed in this rendering. Was there a reason for that choice?

I honestly didn’t have any intention to change her skin tone. Having grown up with the Icon, that element has never really been part of my devotion to her. I’ve always been more connected to her association with Poland, thereby a connection with my family there. My main focus was to capture the presence I’ve always felt from the Madonna, but have never really seen depicted. Her distinguishing marks, dark skin tone and scars, have always been secondary to me and I unintentionally overlooked them. 

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2013

This is my interpretation of Our Lady of Czestochowa, a Polish Icon.

For anyone wondering about her skin tone. I honestly didn’t have any intention to change it. Having grown up with the Icon, that element has never really been part of my devotion to her. I’ve always been more connected to her association with Poland, thereby a connection with my family there. My main focus was to capture the presence I’ve always felt from the Madonna, but have never really seen depicted. Her distinguishing marks, dark skin tone and scars, have always been secondary to me and I unintentionally overlooked them.