My new oil painting, “Retablo,” has been posted on my website www.aspenshimmers.com. As I painted it I thought of the sanctuaries of New Mexico that I have visited. El Santuario de Chimayo is one that I’ll never forget. There one encounters a dramatic history of human faith and hope for healing. This painting of an imagined peaceful corner with a Retablo, Indian blanket, and offerings brings to mind secret longings and silent prayers of the blended cultures of New Mexican Anglo, Hispanic, and American Indian peoples. New Mexico, with it’s historic blending of cultures, plays perfect host to mysteries of interwoven cultures and faiths.