After a season of growing closer to Mary, I had a strong urge to paint her portrait. She was always on my mind, so it was just a matter of time before she overflowed into my art.
While I appreciate the variety of Mary's roles, including a warrior who crushes the head of Satan, in this particular season I found myself drawn towards her comfort, tenderness, and protection as a Mother. Consequently, I chose to portray her as a new mom. Looking at this painting has been my daily reminder that she is praying for and protecting not only me, but the whole world.
I believe in the powerful influence of sacred art during prayer to keep your thoughts focused, inspire deeper reflection, and provoke new conversations with God. If this painting can do that for just one person, I would consider it a success.