As David Higgins paints houses, so do I paint Madonnas. Well maybe not to that extent. ;- } My relationship with Mary dates back to the Cuban Missile Crisis where for 14 days in October 1962 the world stood paralyzed with fear. I experienced it as a quiet and intense fear with sure understanding that at any moment the sirens would wail out and within 25 minutes all would be incinerated. Each of those days I visited St. Mary’s church after school. I prayed for about an hour, asking Mary to intercede for mankind in its hour of greatest peril. At the successful resolution of the crisis I had a certain feeling that my prayers had been part of it. A bond with Mary was established that has lasted a lifetime, though I left the church for over 35 years. When I started my art some 1o years ago, the first subject that commanded my attention was Mary. I painted a series of 6 paintings, one painting for each clause in Mary’s Prayer. Since coming back to Corning in June I have done three Marys. The latest is called ‘Pray for Us.’
I have recently returned to the Catholic church so my mind is on faith and the sacraments. Just by chance (?) last week I ran across a photo of Christina at her First Holy Communion. I was struck by its purity.
I painted that.
I am hoping these paintings follow a rich tradition of spiritual art.
——-Posted by Bill Boland