Mary the Mother of Christ appears in 12 Feast Day Icons; The Presentation of Mary as a child, The Annunciation, Visitation, Virgin Birth, Nativity, Presentation of Jesus, Flight into Egypt, Finding in the Temple, Wedding at Cana, the Crucifixion, Resurrection and finally Pentecost. I was astonished by how many versions of Mary I came across as a young painter. Through prayer and reading the bible for support and curiosity I was increasingly energized by images of Mary. I believe she still holds grounded theology valuable even in today’s society. her message is simple constant love. The meditations on Mary are hardly exhaustive, once you have mastered one quality of her presence; there are 10 more to be explored. By far, she is the most fascinating to paint and be near to.
Few mothers, matriarchs of our myths, have been so confusing
to us: so powerful and so simple; so central and so peripheral;
so mysterious and so obvious; so comforting and so disturbing.
You are the Queen of Heaven. You are a pregnant teenager. You are a statue of the eternal Motherhood, and a museum marker for a patriarchal church. You are in all cultures, in all times, in all places you are archetypal as well as universal.
Mary appears and re-appears in many apparition of the arts, an endless epiphany of our own deep longing. She is discovered and re-discovered as the elusive woman who by her most human act gave birth to the most transcendent truth, LOVE
Mary the Universal Mother we cannot control but on whom we ultimately always depend, a love as unconditional as it is enduring.