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by Samantha Washington


I have long been fascinated by the discrepancy between common depictions of religious icons and their descriptions in source material. The prevailing image of a Cherub is the comforting and non threatening plump child or baby, with white wings and rosy cheeks; The form of a child being used for its association with the widespread ideals of innocence and beauty. Early religious sources ascribe a wide range of physical and even shape shifting appearances to the Cherub. I have often found that earlier depictions of the divine aimed to strike fear into the viewer and garner reverence of beings associated with higher authorities. In this drawing, I have aimed to unsettle the viewer in my personal depiction of a Cherub, while still employing the many wings and beauty associated with the being.

Graphite on Paper, 2020. 9 x 12 inches.

Product Height 12": 12 inches
Width 9": 9"
Frame 13 x 17": 13 x 17"

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My name is Samantha Washington and I am a Canadian artist and illustrator based in Calgary, Alberta. I started drawing at a very young age, driven by my desire to depict the worlds of my imagination. I work primarily in graphite, creating illustrations of creatures from mythology and myth as well as from my own fantasies. I have worked with, and created original illustrations for a wide range of clients and projects including graphic novels, animation, concept and costume illustration.