Small Carved St. Francis
Small handcarved statue of St. Francis, Patron Saint of Animals, carved in the Spanish Colonial style with the regional Santa Fe influences of Ben Ortega. This authentic statue makes a perfect addition to any kitchen window sill, pet room, or garden area. Each piece is individually crafted by the artist so will vary slightly in features, wood grain, and color from the ones shown.
3.5" Tiny Wood St. Francis Statue. This rustic and charming statue is of St. Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of animals and peace. It is a hand carved bolto made by local artisan Larry Jacquez in the heart of Santa Fe, New Mexico. A bolto is a Spanish Colonial three-dimensional carving out of wood often depicting a Saint or other Christian iconography. This little statue is in the traditionally New Mexican style of Master Carver Ben Ortega. Artist Larry Jacquez is one of the premier New Mexican artists, perfecting the iconic howling coyote associated with "Santa Fe Style". Made of wood in Santa Fe, NM, USA, this figure is completely hand made, so please note that every piece will vary in appearance due to its carving and unique wood grain and color.
This authentic statue makes a perfect addition to any kitchen window sill, pet room, or garden area.
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LARRY JACQUEZ was born in a small town in Northern New Mexico in 1968 to Sonny and Sheila Jacquez. When Larry was only 6 years old, he tragically lost his father to cancer. Larry went to school on the Jicarilla Apache Indian Reservation near Dulce, New Mexico, where he learned several varying forms of art skills.
Larry left home at the age of 16 and subsequently met world renowned Artist, David Alvarez, under whom he studied for several years. During this apprenticeship, Larry learned the historic techniques of creating traditional folk art such as the carving of Angels, Saints (Santos), Nativities, the famous New Mexico Coyote and basically any other form of wild or domesticated animal.
Larry utilizes driftwood gathered from the shores of local lakes and also native cottonwood from along the banks of the Rio Grande to create his sculptures, which can be found in many galleries, museums, churches and, of course, in private homes throughout New Mexico.
Larry strives to “First and foremost always put his faith in God, help others whenever and wherever he can, and work to become a better person and a more proficient Artist”.