St. Alexius U Se-Yong
Oil on wood panel 18x24x1" $700.00
U Se-Yong was from a wealthy Korean family, while in his teens he learned the Faith from a Catholic catechist. His father refused to let him be baptized, so Se-Yong ran away. He learned the Faith from catechist Chong Mark, who instructed him in the Faith, baptized him and gave him the Christian name Alexius.
His father continued to be hostile, so he went back to live with Chong Mark. He translated Christian books and prayed for the conversion of his family. His father contacted him and asked to learn more about what had captured his heart. Returning home, he instructed his entire family and twenty entered the Church. Then the family moved to a new town to avoid persecution.
In 1866 Alexius was visiting Chong Mark when authorities came to arrest them. Alexius renounced the Catholic faith and was released. He even took part in beating another catechist to death. He was so overcome with sorrow and remorse, he confessed to the Bishop to apostasy and murder. He was arrested again, but remained firm in his faith in the face of torture. He was executed on March 11, 1866, at the age of twenty-two.
Saint Margaret Castello
(Margaret of Metola)
Oil on wood panel 16x20 x1.5 $700.00
This is my first use of 24 K gold leaf in the traditional application
1287-1320 Died at age 33
Because she was dwarfed, blind, hunchbacked and lame, Blessed Margaret was kept hidden by her parents throughout her childhood. When she was sixteen, she was taken from Metola to the miraculous shrine at Citta-di-Castello, where a cure was anticipated. Unfortunately, no miracle occurred, and it is recorded that the child was left abandoned. She was cared for by various families of the city and earned money for her board by attending small children. Her cheerfulness, based on trust and love of God, endeared her to everyone. Blessed Margaret of Castello became a Dominican tertiary and devoted herself to the sick and dying, but she showed special solicitude toward prisoners.
She was a mystic and her body was found incorrupt over 200 years later
Saint Casilda of Toledo
Oil on wood panel 16x20x1.5" $700.00
A Spanish martyr. A native of Toledo, Spain, of Moorish parentage, Casilda became a Christian and a hermitess near Briviesca, Burgos.
According to her legend, St. Casilda, a daughter of a Muslim king of Toledo (likely Yahya ibn Ismail Al-Mamun), showed great compassion for Christian prisoners by frequently sneaking bread into the prison, hidden in her clothes, to feed them. Once, she was stopped by Muslim soldiers and asked to reveal what she was carrying in her skirt. When she began to show them, the bread turned into a bouquet of roses.
She was raised a Muslim, but when she became ill as a young woman, she refused help from the local Arab doctors and traveled to northern Iberia to partake of the healing waters of the shrine of San Vicente. When she was cured, she was baptized at Burgos (where she was later venerated) and lived a life of solitude and penance not far from the miraculous spring. It is said that she lived to be 100 years old.
Christina the Astonishing
Oil on wood panel 8x10x1" $300.00
1150-1224 The Life of St Christina the Astonishing by Thomas de Cantimpre inspired me to paint Christina. She is an unusual Saint, rising from her coffin, to taking the pains of Purgatory for others by sitting in ovens or soaking in frigid waters. She was arrested for her behavior twice. Some thought she was possessed, others sought her council. I'm still unsure and somewhat perplexed, but she helped me understand purgatory a little more.
Saint John the Baptist Oil on wood panel 16x20x1.5 $700.00
...inspired by coffee stained paper
Blessed Victoria Fornari-Strata
Oil on wood panel 12x16x1.5" $450.00
Nine years after a happy marriage, Victoria was left a widow with six children. Deeply anxious about her children's future and considering marrying again, Victoria had a vision from the Virgin Mary. Mary told her "Be brave and courageous. I will take you and your children under my wing. Live in peace without anxiety. Trust yourself to my care and above all devote yourself to the love of God."
Victoria continued to live charitably, giving most of her wealth away. She began a religious house with ten other women. A contemplative community, the Order of the Annunciation, because of their blue cloaks, they are known as the Blue Nuns.