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Weekly Oil Paintings by Sister Maresa Lilley, SND


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Weekly Oil Paintings
by Sister Maresa Lilley, SND

Theotokos (Mother of God)

11 x 14″ oil paint on artist board; special commission

Today, in the Catholic Church, we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God. While the world welcomes the New Year, we welcome the New Dawn in the Christmas miracle. This is a traditional image in the eastern European churches, and I painted it for a priest from his paper copy. The faces of the original are a bit more austere, so I asked if he would mind if I gave the faces just a bit more tenderness.

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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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