Grace to Paint


Weekly Oil Paintings by Sister Maresa Lilley, SND


race to Paint

Weekly Oil Paintings
by Sister Maresa Lilley, SND

With Lemon, Please

What fascinated me about the free photo I used were all the line designs (laborious!) as well as the colors, so I attempted to paint the image on a large canvas. Below I include early stage photos:

Heart of Darkness

And so begins the Sacred Triduum, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday. In the timeless words of the poet Joyce Kilmer: Lord, Thou didst suffer more for me Than all the hosts of land and sea. So let me render back again This millionth of Thy gift. Amen. (Prayer of a Soldier in France)


I was asked to paint this unique pup with the big eyes for a special Birthday surprise. Dixie is now much older with a whitish coat of long fur which only makes her eyes pop the more.

Only Believe

When all the friends of Jairus were telling him that his daughter was dead, don’t bother the Teacher, Jesus said to Jairus, “Don’t be afraid, only believe.” (Mk. 5:36)

Our Refuge

Mary, Mother of Jesus, has many titles, one of which is “Sweet Refuge”. We look to her as our safe place between earth and heaven, our sure link to her Son.


This large painting took a lot of paint and a lot of detail. I have wanted to do the stunning zebra with its formal attire for some time and dared the challenge of two! And because I wanted some movement in the quiet scene, I added the egrets. As the zebras nuzzle through and eat […]

Asian Bouquet

This lovely bouquet was handed to a Vietnamese Dominican Sister on the day of her profession of Perpetual Vows. The wrap was a kind of plastic-like paper that could hold the moisture of the flowers quite well, but of course, I was fascinated with the folds.

Winter Fairyland

Well, I haven’t seen so much fairyland this winter, so I was prompted to finish a year old painting. Some works need a lot more ruminating. This actually has more lavender in the foreground than my camera can capture.

Great Eagle

Here is the finished product of previous sketch. Something about this noble face drew me in. I found him in historic photos of black and white. I do not know his real name.