Mikayla Ruth Catherine
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"..Art flowing from contemplation does not so much attempt to copy reality as rather to capture the archetypes of all that is. Such art does not want to depict what everybody already sees but to make visible what not everybody sees.."

Josef Pieper, Only the Lover Sings


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The Little Flower

"He set the book of nature before me and I saw that all the flowers He has created are lovely. The splendour of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of its scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. I realised that if every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness and there would be no wild flowers to make the meadows gay.

"It is just the same in the world of souls--which is the garden of Jesus. He has created the great saints who are like the lilies and the roses, but He has also created much lesser saints and they must be content to be the daisies or the violets which rejoice His eyes whenever He glances down. Perfection consists in doing His will, in becoming that which He wants us to be."

Saint Therese of Lisieux, The Story of a Soul (Autobiography)

The concept of doing what God wants me to do used to make me so angry. God seemed like just another person intending to use me for selfish purposes. I tried to go my own way, though it was never satisfying. Someone eventually explained to me that I had been created by God, that everything I am comes from Him. In following His will, I am also responding to the deepest desires of my own heart, because He created them. Until I began to know God, I had no idea who I was or what I wanted.

(original: 11x14, acrylic on canvas, September 2018)

The Maid of Orleans

"I am not afraid ... I was born to do this." -- Saint Joan of Arc

When I feel compelled to do something, I often fear that I will be unable to succeed. I am grateful for the example of Saint Joan, who chose to move forward no matter what the cost, convicted of the call she had received from the Lord. May we also have the courage to conquer our fears through our Hope in Him. Do the impossible -- for with Him, all things are possible.

(original: 12x12, acrylic on canvas, June 2017)

King of the Jews

"Then Pilate entered the headquarters again, summoned Jesus, and asked him, 'Are you the King of the Jews?' Jesus answered, 'Do you ask this on your own, or did others tell you about me?' Pilate replied, 'I am not a Jew, am I? Your own nation and the chief priests have handed you over to me. What have you done?' Jesus answered, 'My kingdom is not from this world. If my kingdom were from this world, my followers would be fighting to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my kingdom is not from here.' Pilate asked him, 'So you are a king?' Jesus answered, 'You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I came into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who belongs to the truth listens to my voice.' Pilate asked him, 'What is truth?'"

This painting is very special to me, as it was the first I ever felt prompted by the Lord to create. Reflecting on the image, I am struck by the Peace He gives through His willingness to endure. Our sufferings may also be received in Peace when we remember what it is we are fighting for (Romans 8: 18). We were not made for this world, but for the Kingdom of God. Will we uphold Truth? Will we suffer for what is right? Let this painting be an inspiration to you, as it has been to me.

(original: 12x12, acrylic on canvas, Good Friday 2011)

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus

"The sacred heart of Christ is an inexhaustible fountain and its sole desire is to pour itself out into the hearts of the humble so as to free them and prepare them to lead lives according to his good pleasure."

"He only asks of you abandonment and perfect submission. Nothing displeases Him so much as your uneasiness and despondency. What do you fear? Is He not powerful enough to support you? Why, then, are you so reserved with Him? Let Him act!"

(Quotes from Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque)

Personally, I have struggled to allow the Lord to work through me by way of art. It is hard for me to surrender -- to let go of my personal limitations and allow Him to create something Beautiful. Do not allow yourself to be limited by your doubts and fears. Let God move through you.

O Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us.

(original: 16x20, acrylic on canvas, 2017)

Saint Mother

I am so inspired by the unconditional love and persevering faith of Saint Monica. Though she was rejected and abused, she surrendered herself and the needs of her family to the Lord. I cannot imagine the pain she endured in her lifetime, nor the relief she must have experienced when the prayers of her tears were answered.

In this painting, she is still a young mother, Augustine only an infant. She is unaware of the sufferings that will befall her, nor does she know how fruitful her prayers will be. She does not see her baby as a heretic or a Doctor of the Church, but as her son, and this is how she forever sees and loves him.

May we, too, see one another as we are, sons and daughters of God, and may we love one another as such.

"I closed her eyes; and there flowed a great sadness into my heart, and it was passing into tears, when my eyes at the same time, by the violent control of my mind, sucked back the fountain dry, and woe was me in such a struggle! ... And then little by little did I bring back my former thoughts of Your handmaid, her devout conversation towards You, her holy tenderness and attentiveness towards us, which was suddenly taken away from me; and it was pleasant to me to weep in Your sight, for her and for me, concerning her and concerning myself. And I set free the tears which before I repressed, that they might flow at their will, spreading them beneath my heart; and it rested in them, for Your ears were near me--not those of man, who would have put a scornful interpretation on my weeping. But now in writing I confess it unto You, O Lord! Read it who will, and interpret how he will; and if he finds me to have sinned in weeping for my mother during so small a part of an hour--that mother who was for a while dead to my eyes, who had for many years wept for me, that I might live in Your eyes--let him not laugh at me, but rather, if he be a man of a noble charity, let him weep for my sins against You, the Father of all the brethren of Your Christ." // Saint Augustine, regarding the death of his mother, Saint Monica

(original: 11x14, acrylic on canvas, August 2018)


"Take care that you do not despise one of these little ones; for, I tell you, in heaven their angels continually see the face of my Father in heaven."
Matthew 18: 10

I recently had the honor of being commissioned to paint a good friend's guardian angel. As angels are purely spiritual beings and not physical, it was a joy to reflect and create an image to represent the nature of Nathaniel, "a gift of God," a strong protector. Reflecting on this painting and praying with the Parable of the Lost Sheep (Matthew 18: 10-14), I became overwhelmed with gratitude for the gift of our guardian angels. They are always by our sides, looking upon the face of God, and doing everything in their power to protect us from evil and lead us to Him. It can be so easy to forget about the spiritual realm -- the invisible battle between good and evil in our midst. It inspired me to strive for greater awareness of my own guardian angel. I realized that I often rebel against protection rather than accepting the truths instilled in my heart. I considered that when I sin against someone, I am both rejecting the guidance of my own guardian angel and setting up an attack to be defended by another's. May we all live in greater awareness of the Love God bestows on us through our personal guardians. Let us fight with them -- not against them.

(original: 16x20, acrylic on canvas, August 2017)

Saint Teresa of Calcutta

"God has not called me to be successful. He called me to be faithful." -- Saint Teresa of Calcutta

(original: acrylic on wood, December 2015)

Divine Delight

"And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord."
Luke 1: 45

Imagine the joy of Mary as she gazed upon her baby -- the Son of God. And how beautiful the delight of Jesus, who must have looked upon Mary, His Mother, as the most beautiful creation.

How incredible it is to see God's Promise fulfilled -- how much more amazing it is than what we could have perceived. May we always allow the Lord to move in our lives -- to give us great gifts -- to give us His very self. Let Mary be our inspiration.

(original: 18x24, acrylic on canvas, July 2017)

Our Lady of Guadalupe

"Let not your heart be disturbed ... Am I not here, who is your mother?"
Our Lady of Guadalupe to Saint Juan Diego

What God can do with willing hands. Amen.

(original: 4x6 oval (cropped), acrylic on wood, November 2017)

Cure d'Ars

"There is nothing so great as the Eucharist. If God had something more precious, He would have given it to us."
Saint John Vianney

Beauty initially opened my heart, but it is the Eucharist which has filled it. What a gift it is to receive the Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity of Jesus Christ nearly daily, and what miracles He has worked within and through me!

I am thankful for the life of Saint John Vianney, whose witness brings us to Jesus, and whose sacrifice brings Jesus to us. I had the honor of painting his portrait as a gift for a priest dear to my heart celebrating his 40th anniversary of the priesthood.

Saint John Vianney, patron saint of parish priests, pray for us.

(original: 16x20, acrylic on canvas, June 2018)

Mother of Sorrows

"..and a sword will pierce your own soul too."
Luke 2:35

(original: 9x12, acrylic on construction paper, April 2018)

Losing a Child

(original: 12x12, acrylic on canvas, 2016)

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