This is my interpretation of the statue of Mary that is above the altar in the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in the Mission Hill neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts. Lately I have been painting interpretations of statues. I think I'm drawn to them because there is already an abstract quality, and I love to use my Fauve style and pump up the color and the geometric shapes. In the actual statue, Mary is white marble. It took me a while to "see" that within the folds of the marble, was the crown of thorns. So I made it red in my painting so it was graphically visible.
Religious art has fascinated me since my first Art History class in college. Obiously, as an artist, I am a visual person, and religious images were a huge part of my conversion story. It was my "way in". I will be exploring my own religious art more and have plans to work on another painting of Mary, this one based on a statue and other features in my home church, the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Lewiston, Maine.