A recent painting entitled 'Woman at Prayer '. I have always liked the stark look of the Spanish Baroque paintings of Francisco Zurbaran. Many of his works reflect the new Counter Reformation ideals of the Catholic arts to portray the sacred with the importance on the figure in the forefront. His wonderful paintings of St. Francis of Assisi certainly show this mindset. All fluff and unnecessary background imagery is to be discarded if it does not support the figurative subject. The paintings were to inspire devotion to the mysteries of the Sacred with little mind to the earthly environment which passes so quickly.