These murals are different than the ones I usually shoot; they are at the Franciscan Renewal Center (the Casa) in lovely Scottsdale, AZ. From their website, “The Franciscan Renewal Center is located on 25 acres of beautiful desert between two Arizona landmarks: Camelback Mountain and Mummy Mountain. The grounds include a Meditation Chapel, desert walks, a labyrinth, healing garden, Blessed Sacrament Chapel, pool with whirlpool, dining room, meeting rooms and 51 private rooms with private baths.”
These two murals are new: St. Francis of Assisi and his younger protege, St. Clare of Assisi, are portrayed. I have photographed (and blogged about) the Casa grounds many times before (1, 2, 3, 4,) but it was on a recent post about murals in downtown Phoenix that the General Manager of the Casa left a comment telling me about the new murals. They were done by Hector Rios, a Los Angeles muralist and arts program director.
Aren’t they gorgeous? The beautiful pastel colors almost glow in the beautiful setting of the Casa. This is the first time, however, that I have seen St. Francis depicted without a bird or other animal.
Here are a couple of my other favorite places at the Casa.