Monday, April 6, 2009

Expectations - Oil Painting of Mary, the Mother of Jesus

"Expectations" - 18 x 24
Oil on Canvas - Framed
Copyright of Dena McMurdie 2009

*Please note that if you purchase this painting, it will not ship until October, 2009.
Much was expected of Mary; she was chosen to bear the Savior of the world. Much would be expected of the child she so lovingly carried in her womb. At times, I believe she felt overwhelmed with the role that was placed upon her. She must have often looked to our Father in Heaven for guidance, support, and encouragement. I imagine the Holy Spirit enveloping her in its warm embrace as she gazes heavenward in a silent prayer, asking for constant companionship as she prepares for the marvelous task that is rapidly approaching. What faith must be possessed by such a woman as Mary. She was so willing to take on whatever responsibility God gave her, standing steadfast and faithful until the end.

"Expectations" was accepted into the 8th International Art Competition hosted by the Museum of Church History and Art in Salt Lake City. It underwent two rounds of judging, the first digital, the second on the original painting. It is currently hanging in the Conference Center on Temple Square from March 20 - October 11, 2009.
Hundreds of people attended the opening exhibit.

I flew out to Salt Lake City to attend the opening reception myself. It was a wonderful experience. Hundreds of people milled around each piece of artwork, exclaiming in excitement when they discovered one that they loved. This picture is of my brother and me, standing beside my piece.

1 comment:

Vonnie Kohn said...

I love the concept that created this painting. Young Jewish women through the ages longed to become the "chosen one" to carry the Son of God, but none of them realized the cost of Mary's sacrifice. Amazing how God read her heart...Great Work!