Acrylic on Canvas
40x30 inches

Morality and religion seem to have finally become mutually exclusive. The ongoing global child sex abuse scandal engulfing the Catholic Church could become the biggest single scandal the Vatican has faced in its history. The implication of the Pope being aware of these abuses has hamstrung the Church to raise any morality issues in future. A big part of the scandal and ongoing public condemnation has been the manner in which the abuses have been brushed under the clerical carpet, along with the many vague papal statements of explanation. Clearly the Vatican must face the music, put its hand up and take absolute responsibility for what amounts to criminal cases of sexual abuse against minors.
The crimson tide surrounding and casting a shadow on the cross represents the waves of public anger, disappointment and criticism leveled at the Catholic Church, which is in inner turmoil in a confusion of color.

South African born artist, writer and photographer Francisco Little grew up in the wide-open spaces of Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, where he studied Fine Art and Photography and developed a deep love of nature. Francisco?s influences come from his mother, herself an accomplished artist, the energy and colors of the African bush, extensive travel adventures to the world's five continents. Possessing an intuitive understanding of color, Francisco has, over the years, developed a bold recognizable abstract style. Francisco's artwork challenges the viewer with an underlying spiritual element and the desire to communicate, question and inspire. Formerly based in Cape Town, South Africa, Francisco currently splits his time living in Beijing, China and painting in his studio in Laguna Beach, California.