Reflections: On the Edge
This painting specifically reflects on the image of the Annunciation (Luke Chapter 2), which has haunted me for years, and continues to appear in my paintings. The metaphors and paradoxes of prophecy and fulfillment between Eve and Mary intrigue me, how the poetry overpowers the space-time continuum at the fusion of celestial and terrestial in the Incarnation. Read more about this piece in this blog post.
Mary the Font
Collection of Valparaiso University Chapel of the Resurrection.
“Mary the Font, Christ the cleansing Flood.”
The painting was inspired by the baptistery and baptismal font (right) in the Chapel of the Resurrection where I was working, and it evokes a sense of the Holy Spirit coming upon Mary at the Annunciation.
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Mary the Mirror
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Mary the Chalice
This medieval hymn explaining the role of Mary in God’s plan of salvation refers to Mary as a chalice: “Mary the Chalice, Christ the saving blood.” Mary was chosen for the greatest mission ever given: to be the God-bearer, a vessel who bore Jesus into the world. Mary is the container, the chalice, through which the Father chose to hold the Savior of the world and deliver Him to us, His people.
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Our Lady of the Barren Tree
The tree, the vine, the branches – these images evoke the memory of Eve in the garden of Eden whose disobedience eventually brought on the exile of humanity from paradise. Eve’s disobedience was eventually redeemed in the act of Mary’s obedient “May it be to me as you have said”. Through Mary’s “yes”, the shriveled tree of humanity bears fruit again, and through Christ is able to blossom into life and love again.
You can read more about this painting in this blog post: The Call to Beauty.