The PRESENTATION IN THE TEMPLE
The FINDING OF THE CHILD JESUS
IN THE TEMPLE
St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380) was amazingly active and amazingly contemplative.We see both sides of her in this painting, with the Church of
St. Dominic in Siena in the background.
When I was about to celebrate my 50th anniversary as a Dominican Sister, I wanted to paint a picture that reflected best my spiritual life throughout those years. Because I had been greatly inspired by St. Catherine, I painted her guiding me down one of the hills in Siena, Italy. Her writings are filled with poetic symbols which I incorporated into the painting.
MY JEWEL TREE
I have borrowed from the Buddhist tradition of allowing, before meditating, the image of a beautiful bejeweled tree to emerge from the sea, the jewels representing the guides, gurus, and great ones of one's life. This is similar to the Christian tradition of the Communion of Saints. In my jewel tree, the initials of special people of my life, living and dead, become the veins on the leaves.
St. Stephen Martyr