Madonna & Child

Commission  Acrylic on window frame This is a Madonna & Child I did for the Manis family. Zach and Lisa were some of the first people I ever did a commission for and it was so sweet to paint for them again.   What I love about painting my #sainticons is that every color choice, every…

Glory

Oil on birchwood  40×40 in 2018 Glory Or something like it. It took me 8 years and three months to finally get this from my memories to a canvas. I had a vision years ago while sitting in the back seat of a bus driving across the country in the rain. It looked something like…

WOMEN WHO ROCK

WOMEN WHO ROCK Music has always been a part of my life. My parents rearranged our childhood home a few years ago so that all the instruments would be right in the front foyer. I love coming home to a Martin guitar left on the chair, sheet music sprawled over the piano, and a spontaneous…

Stevie & Blondie

WOMEN WHO ROCK series Madelynne Jones Acrylic on birch   10in x 10in Commission I work at an amazingly empowering company called Novella Brandhouse. My bosses are two creative and encouraging ladies that I adore and admire. For our annual open house, the theme was “I’m with the Brand” since we’re big music fans. So…

Are We Human, or Are We Dancers

Are We Human, or Are We Dancers Acrylic on canvas (30in x 40in) $800  That feeling you get when the music takes over. Inspired by late nights full of jazz in the city and worn out wooden floors at square dances down south.

Tom’s Diner

Tom’s Diner Acrylic on canvas (30in x 40in)  $1500 This painting is a visual interpretation of one of my favorite songs, “Tom’s Diner” by Suzanne Vega. My mom used to sing this song all the time when we were growing up. And though it’s often praised for its simplicity, as I painted the scene and…

Poppies & Peonies

Poppies & Peonies Acrylic on canvas (24 in x 40 in)  Commissioned Finally getting to show off this beauty. It’s so fun when a friend commissions a painting with total freedom to “make something beautiful.” Poppies & peonies for my dear friend @jsmithevents. I mean, when you’re friends with a florist ya gotta paint flowers,…

St. Basil the Great

St. Basil the Great for my Uncle Andy and Aunt Liz. Acrylic on canvas St. Basil the Great was a doctor of the church and valued charity and caring for the lost and hopeless. St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow is a symbol of Russia. It’s been so wonderful having the Leininger family so close during…

Coffee, Alone.

Coffee, Alone. Series. Acrylic on wood panel  10in x 10in – $70 8in x 8 in – $50 This series is a look at the beauty and loneliness of enjoying a coffee, and exploring the idea of taking a worshipped beverage that is often shared with others and isolating it. Or essentially, the observance and peace…

Wolf & Sheep

Wolf & Sheep Acrylic on wood panel (12 in x 12 in)  My brother wrote a poem a while ago that he wanted me to turn into a painting. The irony is that I can’t find it, but it was a beautiful and angsty poem from the perspective of a wolf, pleading that he shouldn’t…

St. Jerome

St. Jerome Patron Saint of Scholars and Librarians Acrylic on window pane My parents just went on a Holy Land trip with my grandparents. Amidst literally thousands of photos of Israel, my dad intricately explained their journey. One of his favorite spots was a visit to the Jerusalem/Bethlehem area. Apparently their tour guide took them…

1 Kings 19

1 Kings 19 Acrylic on wood panel  10 in x 10 in SOLD   I keep coming back to painting 1 Kings 19. The LORD said, “Go out and stand on the mountain before the LORD. Look, the LORD is ready to pass by.” A very powerful wind went before the LORD, digging into the…

St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis of Assisi Patron Saint of animals, merchants, ecology.  Acrylic on canvas  Commissioned This was a long-time-coming commission for my friend Ian. The painting includes motifs echoing St. Francis’ love of nature and simplicity. He is wearing a simple green tunic, symbolizing growth, with leaves and flowers also echoing growth. He holds three birds…

St. Francis

St. Francis of Assisi Patron saint of nature  Acrylic on windowpane  As part of an ongoing series of saints, I painted St. Francis for my parents. Francis is dressed in a simple tunic. His hair is patterned and his only “adornment,” since Francis led a humble lifestyle. As a patron saint of nature, a single…

St. Nicholas

St. Nicholas Acrylic on window pane As part of our Dutch tradition, every year we celebrate St. Nicholas Day. This is always on the 6th of December, St. Nicholas’ feast day, and tradition dictates that children leave notes in their klompen (Dutch wooden shoes) of their Christmas lists for St. Nicholas. I love this tradition. Every…

St. Augustine of Hippo

St. Augustine of Hippo Doctor of Grace Acrylic on window pane As we near Epiphany, I thought I’d share one of my favorite projects—a Saint Series I did for my parents, presenting them with a saint painted on a window for the last few years. (Windows are often a symbol in art of spiritual illumination…

Los Lobos, The Wolves.

Los Lobos, The Wolves. Monterrey Acrylic on canvas (24in x 40in)  We took a family trip to Monterrey and I could not get over this view. This is my place. If I could live anywhere for the rest of my life—Monterrey, California. In the heat of August, it’s 60 degrees. The ocean is mysterious and…

St. Raphael

St. Raphael Patron Saint of the blind, healers, physicians Acrylic on window pane For my father, the optometrist. His favorite—Saint Raphael—depicted with blue wings for water and a fish from the story of him healing the Earth (he’s also often depicted with fish. His favorite hymn is also Be Thou My Vision. So St. Raphael…

Frida

Frida Kahlo Oil acrylic on window pane An abstract painting of Frida Kahlo on a window. Her portrait was painted on the front of the window with oil acrylic and the backside of the window is a blue/mint color, giving dimension. This is based off a photo taken of Frida Kahlo looking down. I love…

The View from Home

The View from Home Oil on canvas (24in x 48in) This is an abstract expression of the view of my parent’s backyard. I grew up looking at this scene, so when I moved away I painted it as I remembered it: brightly glowing after a Missouri storm.