Since Mary was declared the mother of God at the Council of Ephesus in 431, iconographers have depicted her holding the child Jesus. He often has his cheek pressed affectionately to hers and the love is so evident between them. The art of the Middle Ages didn't show musculature, shadows or perspective, but it certainly showed holiness. The icons were written (not painted) using a formula that emphasized the spirituality of the image rather than the realism that was developed during the Renaissance. The artists didn't even sign their icons because they didn't consider them to be important. God was the important one! I love icons and what they represent and I loved painting my version of the Mother of the God of Tenderness.
I retired from my position as a Registered Nurse on a busy Geriatric Psychiatry unit at a teaching hospital in Connecticut. In July, 2009, I moved to St. Petersburg, FL, and now I have time for family, church and art. I feel so very blessed. I am a portrait artist and I paint people, animals and sacred art. I have had no formal training in art and prior to October, 2001, I didn't know how to mix paint, let alone draw. At that point I was given the gift of creativity and I have been painting ever since. Animals, especially cats, are my frequent subjects. But I also love to paint Jesus, the saints and Mary. I have been inspired by the great masters including ElGreco, Rembrandt, Botticelli, Degas, Van Gogh and others. What a joy it is to paint from their masterpieces. On these blogs I am sharing my art with you. If you would like to use any of my sacred art images, please contact me.