This figure study was the third sculpture I ever created. As a class we chose a pose that could portray a penitent St. Jerome. He clutches a stone to his breast as a symbol of his penitence with his gaze fixed on the cross, the source of his strength.
I have always been fond of St. Jerome for being bold in speaking his mind out of his commitment to truth and justice. He was a passionate man with a temper and a voice, but he became a saint because he never stopped seeking and trying for better.
"Good, better, best. Never let it rest. 'Til your good is better and your better is best." - St. Jerome