On March 5th, 2014, I completed a drawing that really brought a lot of emotion out of me. I've always wanted to draw an Angel, but every time I tried in the past I failed, either the wings weren't right or the figure was wrong. But this time I think I got it right. See one night my fiancé Tim, asked me to draw an Angel. I told him I would try. I though on it for a week or two but still never really could come up with a concept. One of my greatest tools for creating my pieces of art is getting books from the local library. And about 2 weeks ago I checked out a book called "The Vatican All the Paintings", by Anja Grebe and this book was so inspiring. One day I will be seeing these wonderful paintings in person, that is on my bucket list. First I must give credit where credit is due. The masters of art it self, Michelangelo Buonarotti, Raphael Sanzio, Leonardo Da Vinci, and so many others were huge influences in this piece. But here is where I came up with these images for my drawing. I wanted to show a kind Angel, but I found a picture of the mother Mary that I felt was perfect. The piece is called "The Madonna of the Cherries" by Federico Barocci, this piece shows the Mother Mary sitting to rest with a toddler version of Jesus by her side. I loved the way her face was so calm and so loving. I also found some help from these piece's, "The Virgin and Child Appearing to St. Francis of Assisi" by Pietro Da Cortona, and "St. Matthew and the Angel", by Guido Reni. I wanted to show that there is hope even when it feels like there is none. Lately I've been feeling this way. Art is not easy, but I do love it with all my heart and you can see it in everything I do. I would also like to give thanks to my fiancé Tim, he encourages me everyday and helps me to keep my dream alive. The original piece will not be for sale just yet but prints will be made soon. This was created on a 18" x 24" drawing pad with 5 Micron 05 pen's and 1 Prismacolor marker, my hand about wanted to fall off at the end.