Studies » November 2017

I tend to go "all in" when I do a painting, furiously picking away at details until I am 100% happy with it, and thus leaving myself little room for carefree creativity. In fact, what you can find in my shop is the majority of the work I've done in the last two years. Only recently have I once again made a point of filling my sketchbook with drawings that no one but I will see, and leaving my paints out on my table so that I can return at any time to dab a few more strokes onto a board. It never ceases to amaze me how the hours slip away from me when I immerse myself in art for the sake of art.

This month I have been trying some new mediums and techniques and thought I would share some of the more, ah, presentable pieces.

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New! Saint Biographies

I hired my wonderfully talented sister Denise (Mallett) Pierlot to write up the biographies for the saints I've painted, and I have to say she did a phenomenal job. Their inspiring stories can be found under the "Biography" tab at the bottom of each product page. I will also be including a hard copy with each print that I sell. Please contact me if you would like to purchase bulk cards with a saint's image and bio!

You should check out her website, where you can find her blog and information about her incredible first book, The Tree. (Trust me, she's a way better writer than I am). And you should subscribe to her email list, so you can be the first to hear about her upcoming sequels!

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Serving Truth

"No one can change Truth. What we can do is to seek truth and to serve it when we have found it. "
— St. Maximilian Kolbe

Following the recent 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, I thought of an interesting analogy regarding sola scriptura, which remains one of the greatest dividing doctrines between Catholics and the rest of Christendom.

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Breathed Into Being

"If I'm still here, then God still loves me."

This is probably my favourite line from Fr. Clair Watrin, a dear friend and wonderful priest. Within this simple phrase is great theological depth—a depth that has captivated me these last few months.

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Divine Mercy

I was both excited and nervous to begin this painting.

After all, the Divine Mercy image is not based off a photograph of a famous person or even just a "nice painting"—Jesus himself requested that this image be painted, so that the world may know of his mercy.

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Simple Holiness

"Holiness consists simply in doing God's will, and being just what God wants us to be."
—Saint Therese of Lisieux

This is something I have pondered often, because motherhood—as any mother would attest—is far from glamorous.

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