New Mexico artist Hector Rascon specialized in carving saints, angels and animals from the abundant cottonwood and aspen trees around him. His creations featured soulful faces, reflecting his spirit in their eyes. His works are still shown in galleries throughout the Southwest. He was one of the best-known Hispanic folk artists in New Mexico, having learned from his famous late father-in-law Ben Ortega, who could be the most famous carver in New Mexico. Rascon set up his own studio in 1977 and later began to branch out with his own style of carving and was assisted by his son. He died May 22, 2017, at the age of 59 following a brief illness.
This 7 7/8” tall St. Francis carving is probably one of his early pieces, since it heavily reflects the influence of Ben Ortega. The piece is carved from a soft wood and features St. Francis in a humble tunic with a small rope cord around his waist. His arms are outstretched, welcoming all creatures great and small, and two birds are perched on his arms. On the bottom he has signed the piece. It is a wonderful piece of folk art.
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