I was inspired for this painting during mass one day. As it was one of my first attempts at digital painting, I spent dozens upon dozens of hours working to get it just right. My dad has been selling magnetic prints of it from his site since the Christmas after I painted it, and it’s weird to walk into random people’s homes and see it stuck to their fridge.
When I was growing up, we had a little calendar sitting in the kitchen window with a quote from Catherine Doherty for every day of the year. I remember my parents telling me to do the “duty of the moment”. Her small snippets of wisdom blessed my childhood and continue to inspire and challenge me to this day. I was deeply honoured to have the opportunity to paint this extraordinary woman. I highly recommend her autobiography, Fragments of My Life. Her story is fascinating.
Motherhood is the hardest thing I have ever done. It has broken me and humbled me in more ways than I thought possible. But there are moments—so many moments—when I look at my beautiful little girl and I am filled with the most incredible joy. Here is a soul that I have the privilege of journeying with and caring for, someone who calls me mama.
How great must Mary’s joy have been, to raise the Son of God? I think it must have been very great indeed!