Pascual Bailon (1540-1592) was born, in May of 1540 in Torre Hermosa, Aragon, Spain. In his youth he was a sheep herder and was often seen praying in the pastures. His faith lead him to the Franciscan monastery in Loreto. Because he was uneducated, the friars would only accept him to do menial tasks such as cooking. His devotion to his faith and kindness of heart to the poor made him beloved by all. San Pascual is the patron saint of cooks and the kitchen. He is traditionally painted with a bowl of pinto beans and a kitchen cat! I have painted him here eating a traditional New Mexican meal of a chicken burrito smothered in red child with a side of pintos, Spanish rice, and lettuce/tomato garnish. He is especially loved in New Mexico.
April 8th, 2011
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