Sacred Space

Sacred Space
30″ X 48″
Oil Paint and Silver and Aluminum Metal Leaf on Canvas

After watching the amazing movie “The Secret of Kells”, the idea for this piece hit me like a bolt of lightning. “What if I used metal leaf like paint to add movement to the water and the leaves – the sunlight dappling, changing, shifting like the light on the leafing?” I knew this had a potential to add another element to the painting, allowing me to more fully express the sense of awe we feel while secluded next to a stunning waterfall. I had to learn how to use metal leaf and get good enough to apply it smoothly by creating small 5 x 7 paintings of birds with metal leafing in them. That took about 2 years, then I kept working on the piece in small bursts over the next two years. Usually I finish a painting much faster, but this was one of those special pieces that took extra time and care in every session. I had to adjust for the variability of the metal leaf’s changing values, but the final effect adds motion and life that is impossible to show in a photo (I’ll try anyway by posting a couple of details from different angles). I am pleased with it and eager to do more of this experimentation with metal leaf.

Detail of “Sacred Space showing an area with silver leafing
The same area, but now the light is catching on the silver leaf.
Sacred Space by Wendy Roberts
Sacred Space with direct natural light catching all of the silver leafing


Because this is such a large painting, in order to purchase the original, please contact me. The painting itself is $6000, for Oahu residents, I would prefer to be paid by check, and once the funds clear, delivery is included. Otherwise I would need to get a shipping quote for you and send an invoice for all off-island sales. You are welcome to ask for a quote with no obligation.


Giclees are available in the following sizes, and are shipped anywhere in the U.S. rolled in a tube, ready for any framer to stretch and/or frame. For a no-obligation quote on international shipping or for local pickup arrangements on Oahu, please contact me.

Giclees (high quality prints) are available in the following sizes
30 x 48 inches… $720
15 x 24 inches… $180
10 x 16 inches … $80
For all other custom sizes, please contact me to ask if it is possible.