there's something about mary

Mary is not just the most popular name for a female baby everywhere in the world, it is the hope and aspiration of tens of millions of parents, perhaps more, that the little angel born into their life will have the character, the honesty, the wisdom, and charity of the Blessed Mother. Regardless of a name, there is something of Mary in all of humanity - God’s gift to women in particular. These are images of the women I have observed or known or admired, in whom I see Mary personified, images co-created with God. Please take time to try to see Mary in each of them as you view the work.

My research for this painting exhibition included an extensive study of the Renaissance painters in Italy with art historian, Suzanne Chouteau.  I have looked for inspiration through the guidance of St. Louis de Montfort, St. Maximillian Kolbe, Blessed Mother Teresa, Blessed John Paul II, Caryll Houselander, Fr. Michael Gaitley, and Judith Dupre. The work is the product of prayer, research, and  countless hours of meditation.

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