ACEO, 2.5 x 3.5 inches, watercolour and gouache, 2008.
Saint Rita is the patron saint of lost and impossible causes. She became a nun after the death of her violent and abusive husband and two sons. Initially she was refused entry to the convent as she was not a virgin. However, the story goes that she was miraculously transported into the locked convent one night by Saint John the Baptist, St. Augustine and St. Nicolas of Torentino. The nuns allowed her to stay. She is represented with a thorn and wound in her forehead as, while praying one day, she asked to suffer as her saviour had - a thorn fell from the crown of the crucifix above her and wounded her head. She died in 1457 aged 76.