As a child, Albinger was fascinated with the Catholic deacon and preacher, especially after seeing his painted likeness by Spanish artist Francisco de Zurbarán. Fast forward a few decades and Albinger discovers a past-life connection with Saint Francis.
I didn't know Francis and Elizabeth knew each other until recently. Liz was a nun and 24 when she died after working with Francis as a member of the Third Order of Saint Francis, says Albinger, a longtime Phoenix-based artist that now lives in Portland, Oregon. I'm convinced they had sexual relations. I mean, she was in her early 20s so how could he pass that up? So I painted Francis expressing his desires, although cloaked. He's still a man and has man parts.
She adds, Erections are good. Its how we all got here.
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