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…

St. Basil

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…

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 to a…

St. Francis of Assisi

St. Francis 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 in three…

St. Francis

St. Francis of Assisi Patron saint of nature  Acrylic on window pane  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…

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

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…

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…