Grace to Paint


Weekly Oil Paintings by Sister Maresa Lilley, SND


race to Paint

Weekly Oil Paintings
by Sister Maresa Lilley, SND

Family Portrait

18 x 24″ oil paint on stretched canvas

After tedious careful detail in some of my work, I enjoy letting loose in the ridiculous. Again line and whimsy win the day, and maybe this is a fitting artistic statement for a child’s room.

Yellow Tulips

14 x 11″ oil paint on stretched canvas

Spring’s herald…a bit of tulip drama.

With Lemon, Please

24 x 18″ Oil paint on stretched canvas

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:

Middle stage

Heart of Darkness

14 x 11″ oil paint on artist board

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)


8 x 6″ oil paint on canvas sheet; special commission

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.

Meet Sr.Maresa

I am Sister Maresa Lilley, a member of the Sisters of Notre Dame, located in Chardon, Ohio, USA. For many years, I have enjoyed a passion that permits me to reflect upon simple reality with a brush in hand. To capture a simple essence on canvas and to discover inherent beauty is a daily immersion.

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