GALLERY

Reimagining Mary

It’s hard to imagine what you have never seen.

If all we ever see in religious art and in role models elevated by the church are women who are silent and obedient to male authority figures, then it’s hard to imagine a different way of being a woman of God. Can you relate to this version of Mary portrayed by the church?

Mary is lauded as a virgin and a mother. How exactly can women be virgins and mothers at the same time? And what about women who are not called to motherhood? Is their only choice to join a religious order?

Over the centuries, virginity was upheld as the preferred route to holiness. But, aren’t we all called to holiness? Aren’t we all called to bring about the kin-dom of God here on earth in the ordinary everyday moments of our lives?  Even those who never had children or who are no longer raising children?  What role would the church have us play?

And for those of us who are mothers, is utter selflessness to be our goal as married women?  This idea leaves many of us feeling guilty for having our own goals and ambitions, even giving ourselves permission to have our own desires.  Sometimes, I feel guilty for buying crunchy peanut butter when the rest of the family wants creamy peanut butter!

I was in Italy last year soaking all of that art (and pasta and wine, too). In every church and on many street corners, I saw portrayals of Mary.  Over and over again, Mary had her eyes downcast, her hands holding Jesus or folded in prayer and her mouth shut in silent obedience.

Is there all there is of Mary?

Perhaps the reason there are so many distorted images of Mary is because the church and our society has maintained a distorted image of women, according to Marian scholar Sally Cunneen. Religious art narrowly depicts Mary as silent and obedient, and neglects all the other dimensions of her character. Art typically does not portray her as fully human, experiencing all the human emotions. She is not even allowed to age! Have you ever seen Mary with grey hair?

Mary was fully human. And we see her full humanity in the Magnificat Prayer in Luke’s gospel. The first part is filled with joy and praise about how God has blessed Mary. But then, the hymn turns radical. The words capture a strong yearning for a transformed world; a longing for the fulfillment of God’s promises of justice and peace; of full bellies and liberated bodies; of uplifting the lowly and dismantling oppressive regimes.

These strong words are not sung by the gentle, tender, dreamy young girl I saw in all the Italian artwork. This version of Mary is passionate, proud, and enthusiastic about the new beginning, about the hope for a transformed world. This is Mary who has seen the injustices of her people and is ready to take stand, to speak up, and maybe to flip a table or two.

Why is it important to see Mary as fully human? Why is it essential to see her as a woman who experienced all the feelings? If we can see Mary as angry, then we can give ourselves permission to be angry. If we see Mary as joyfully singing and dancing, then we can give ourselves permission to find joy and sing loudly at the top of our lungs.  

We need to re-imagine Mary with images that liberate her. Images that are empowering, images that depict Mary as angry at the injustices of the world – just the way she sounds in the Magnificat. Liberating images help us to understand Mary as a sign of what we can be when we are aware of the divine presence in the world and most importantly, in our very souls.

I have painted this series of nine images that reimagine Mary, and by extension all women, so that we can see and imagine what it looks like to be strong, empowered, confident, and assertive, all while living out God’s invitation to be holy.

BARBED-WIRE MARY

Inspired by Madonna della Miseriacordia, a portrayal of Mary standing above the prayerful people gathered under the protection of her cloak.  In my version, she spreads apart barbed wire to allow immigrants into enter into her protective cloak.  Mary looks at you as if to ask you what are you doing about this situation.

MATERIALS: acrylic paint and mixed media on cotton canvas, unframed

SIZE: 24″ x 30″ x .75″

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INVESTMENT: $500

Barbed Wire Mary Original Painting

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MATERIAL: Deep Matte Giclee Fine Art Print with archival inks, unframed

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  • 14″ x 11″     $40
  • 20″ x 16″     $70

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Barbed Wire Mary Print

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VEIL OF ARROWS

Mary’s protective veil shields you from the arrows that life throws at you.  This image was inspired from a story I read about Mary wearing a shirt of arrows in Untie the Strong Women: Blessed Mother’s Immaculate Love for the Wild Soul by Clarissa Pinkola Estés.

MATERIALS: acrylic paint on canvas, unframed, ready to hang

SIZE: 14″ X 11″ x 1.5″

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Veil of Arrows Original Painting

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COMPASSIONATE MARY

Do you need to be hugged by Mary’s compassionate embrace? Light from her metallic copper halo shimmers on the children drawing near to her.

MATERIALS: acrylic paint on cradled high density fiberboard panel, unframed, edges finished, ready to hang

SIZE: 12″ x 12″ x .875″

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Compassionate Mary Original Painting

Price: $100.00

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Compassionate Mary Print

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EASTER MORNING

Can you imagine how Mary must have felt after the crucifixion of her son?  St. Ignatius suggests that the first person Jesus appeared to on Eastern morning would have been his grieving mother.  Now can you imagine the suprise and overwhelming joy she must have felt on Easter Morning?  I wrote a reflection piece describing this scene a while back and then brought it to life with this image.  I used gold metallic paint to represent the presence of Jesus (standing just out of our view) as they did in illuminated bibles.

MATERIALS: acrylic paint on cradled high density fiberboard panel, unframed, edges finished, ready to hang

SIZE: 12″ x 12″ x .875″

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Easter Morning Original Painting

Price: $100.00

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MATERIAL: Kodak Professional Endura Premier Metallic Paper, unframed

SIZE: 12″ x 12″:     $25

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Easter Morning Print

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EMBRACED BY THE HOLY SPIRIT

This painting portrays how I see the Holy Spirit embracing us.  If you look closely, you can see a multitude of verbs that captures how I perceive the Holy Spirit showing up in the world:  I feel embraced, enfolded, energized, envisioned, empowered, enveloped, enriched, enlivened and enkindled by the Holy Spirit.  Can you feel the energy flow?

MATERIALS: acrylic paint on cradled high density fiberboard panel, unframed, edges finished, ready to hang

SIZE: 11″ x 14″ x .875″

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Embraced by the Holy Spirit Original Painting

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MATERIAL: Deep Matte Giclee Fine Art Print with archival inks, unframed

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          11″ x 14″     $40

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Embraced by the Holy Spirit Print

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PROUD MARY

As a leader in the early church after Jesus’ resurrection, Mary had to be bold and confident.  And by then, she had grey hair! Have you noticed that Mary is seldom portrayed as older than the young girl at the annunciation.  Have you also noticed that women with grey hair as treated as if they are invisible?  This painting portrays a bold woman of a certain age who exudes wisdom and confidence.  She stares out directly at the view with arms crossed in defiance.  Don’t mess with this woman!

MATERIALS: acrylic paint on cotton canvas, unframed, edges finished

SIZE: 11″ x 14″ x .75″

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Proud Mary Original Painting

Price: $100.00

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Proud Mary Print

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DRUMMING MARY

Like Miriam of the Hebrew Scriptures, Mary may have used a drum while singing and dancing as a celebration of God’s blessings in her life.  I was inspired by a bronze female drummer featured on the east doors of the Florence Baptistry, crafted by Lorenzo Ghiberti.  The original was a birthday present for a dear friend and is not for sale.  See below to order prints.

MATERIALS: acrylic paint on cotton canvas, unframed, edges finished

SIZE: 11″ x 14″ x .75″

NOT FOR SALE

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MATERIAL: Deep Matte Giclee Fine Art Print with archival inks, unframed

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Drumming Mary Print

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PIETA MARY

The earth is struggling and so many corporations and government officials are ignoring the impending disaster. I was inspired by the Pieta by Michelangelo in Rome.  Mary is seated with her crucified son draped across her lap, one hand outstretched and if asking “why did this happen?”  My interpretation has Mary seated with a dying earth on her lap.  Notice where she and the children are touching the earth, there is the beginning of healing.  I used one of my favorite stencils to create her halo.

MATERIALS: acrylic paint on cotton canvas, unframed, edges finished

SIZE: 11″ x 14″ x .75″

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Pieta Mary Original Painting

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Pieta Mary Print

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SWIRLING SISTERS

I set out to celebrate female bodies in joyful movement in this painting. After finding a video of gestural drawings by Ryan Woodward illustrating the song “Thought of You” (https://youtu.be/OBk3ynRbtsw), I fell in love with the sense of movement.  I decided to paint 7 females (not realizing that that would be 14 feet and 14 hands!) with the first one reaching out to you inviting you to the dance! A gold thread representing the divine presence dance among the women.

MATERIALS: acrylic paint and mixed media on cotton canvas, unframed

SIZE: 24″ x 30″ x .75″

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INVESTMENT: $500

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  • 20″ x 16″     $70

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Swirling Sisters Print

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BLANK GREETING CARD BUNDLE

Allow me to select 5 images from my Reimagining Mary series, just for you!

My 4″ by 6″ prints are mounted on beautifully embossed, acid-free Strathmore photo mount cards. Cards are 80 lb cover (216 gsm) weight. Envelopes are 80 lb text (118 gsm) weight and measure 5¼” × 7¼” (133 mm × 184 mm).

$5.00 shipping will be added during checking.  Email me if you want to pick them up!

5 Embossed Blank Cards and Envelopes

Price: $20.00