This is the newest of the “Sacred Bird” paintings. The Black Madonna is 7″x7″ and is watercolor and 23K gold leaf on paper. The Latin translation reads: I am black and beautiful. I realize that in the painting, the Madonna has a raven’s head and a pink body but that is because the painting is inspired by a painting of a European woman and her little baby. I found myself thinking that if I paint him pale (as I usually do), which makes me laugh, I should paint her to match. Oh, the decisions we artist must face. I call her black because her head is black.