January 2 nd 2009

Oil, acrylic and gold leaf on panel
10" x 5" x 2"

These two paintings depict an intersection of time and eternity in the moment of decision offered to Mary by the archangel Gabriel. The bottom panel describes the story within human history, while the upper panel refers to the activity in eternity, symbolized by the gold background. Mary's assent to God's invitation will open the door to God's redemption, the door to paradise that was shut since the fall. The ladder connecting the realm of history and eternity is a reference to the cross, which becomes for us a tree of life, painted here as a folk art motif, in contrast with the barren tree of knowledge of good and evil.

Topics: Arts

Tanja Butler is a painter and printmaker whose studio is located in Beverly, MA. She received her B.A. in art history and studio art and her M.A. in painting from the University at Albany, NY. Her work has been displayed in many solo and group exhibitions across the United States. She has participated in a number of print portfolios, including The Florence Portfolio, which is now part of the Vatican Museum of Contemporary Religious Art and the Armand Hammer Museum of Art, UCLA. She is currently an associate professor of art at Gordon College in Wenham, MA, where she teaches printmaking, painting, drawing, illustration, and liturgical art.