Looking at the Face of the Crucified Christ
Oil on sheet
This is such a personal statement of prayer for me that I feel
awkward showing it to others! I was going through a period of
opening myself for healing of pain from the past. I could only
go so far with the healing, and I felt that the only way I'd
be healed was to climb up the cross and look into the face of
crucified Jesus, so that I could see his pain. This painting
is the prayer itself, rather than being about prayer. Creating
the image allowed me to feel that I was looking into the face
of Christ on the Cross, and letting that experience heal me.
Bio: I was
born in Memphis, Tennessee in 1953. I started drawing and
painting as a little girl. Although my family was very
religious, I wasn't taught how to pray other than reciting
written prayers like the Lord's Prayer. A spiritual director
taught me how to pray, in Spanish, when I was 23. Between 1987
and 1989 I lived in a Benedictine monastery in Mexico City,
and started doing artwork which reflected my prayer life and
immersion into the Liturgy of the Hours and Bible readings.
Some of my pieces, most commonly in pastels or oil, are about
what is happening in my prayer life, and others are about
Biblical stories or passages that move me.