Here is the reference material I used to create this painting. The surrounding pictures represent the neighborhood and location with an olive tree on the right for Greece and were pulled and taken from various sources. The center picture was the most important and had to be just right. I felt a traditional portrait of Father Bakas, with him in a formal pose in front of a dark background would't do him justice. It might look like him but it would say nothing about the passion he has for Saint Sophia Cathedral and the community. It was much more appropriate to have him located at the opening of the iconostasis (the wall of icons that is in front of the alter) where parishioners see him every week during the liturgy. We put a standing light upstage of the doorway to create a strong light source coming from the holiest place in the Church to give the piece a strong value structure and appropriate symbolism.