Gabriel, Angel of Communication, Oil on canvas over panel, 36 x 24 in. The English word angel, derived from the Greek ἄγγελος, means messenger. No where in the Bible are these messengers described as winged nor are they represented in that way in early Christian art. Sometime in the later part of the 4th century however, Angels appear suddenly to have grown them or at least artwork began depicting divine messengers complete with wings and another fashionable innovation of the period, halos. My Angel imagery is primarily inspired by the paintings of the early Italian Renaissance artist Fra Angelico. I have always admired his various depictions of the Annunciation and his rendering of Angel Gabriel's technicolor wings! Gabriel and other paintings in oil and monotype print are in my show about angel story August 5- 28, at Roby King Gallery on Bainbridge Island. Opening night is 1st Friday aug 5th, 6-8pm.