Archangel portraits have been a large part of Celeste's work. Since the early 1980's, these great beings have appeared in her morning meditations, merged with her auric field, communicated their individual purpose and focus, and remained with her until she could paint their portraits.
ARCHANGEL MICHAEL was the first archangel to announce his presence by filling her entire house with tremendous power and glory. Celeste felt completely awed. How could she ever capture this energy on canvas?
In the Bible, Archangel Michael is one of the few angels mentioned in Revelations by name when he and his warrior angels are given the task to cast Lucifer's legions out of heaven. Traditionally, Michael is depicted wearing golden armour, holding a sword and standing over a fallen serpent.
Celeste's painting represents Michael as a powerful symbol of transformation. His flaming sword lifts up a sad Mother Earth. He stands on the green serpent, representing the fallen angels. The serpent spirals up to become the eagle, a symbol of spiritual freedom. His fiery presence transforms the red bull, man's animal nature into light. It demonstrates the rising of the fallen, denser frequencies to higher states of consciousness.