I really do like the portraits-they are beautiful and some of the best modern renditions I’ve seen, but in all honesty, they look too much like Northern Europeans. “I really had no idea how successful we would be and that it would turn from selling at craft fairs to a full-blown business.”. This was helped by emails from servicemen who wanted to make sure I got my facts straight. I am usually working on several different saint portraits at the same time because I find it helpful to sometimes walk away and look at it with new eyes the next day. Learning just how many saints knew and were influenced during their lives by other saints who they knew personally makes it very clear that you should chose your friends wisely. I love the expression on the face of Venerable Mary of Agreda. Some of the most famous friendships, St. Louise de Marillac and St. Vincent de Paul, St. Francis de Sales and St. Jane de Chantal, St. John of the Cross and St. Teresa of Avila. Buy catholic saint posters designed by millions of artists and iconic brands from all over the world. He’s Pro life and that’s all I need to choose him over a fake Catholic. A delight to see the face behind the faces! CWR: Where are your saint images are displayed? Both the examples of Miss Tracy L. Christianson’s portraits here and those I saw by visiting her website, are the most amazing, the most realistic and the most expressive I’ve EVER seen in my whole long life as an admirer of Catholic Art of all kinds!!

I could go on. Her art leads us straight to the Lord! There are many artists renditions of her out there. Christianson: As far back as I can remember I’ve had a devotion to Our Lady, the Queen of all Saints, and I longed to draw her. Bishop Paprocki weighs in. Customize your catholic saint poster with hundreds of different frame options, and get the exact look that you want for your wall! The only thing common to them all is, “She was beautiful!”. CWR: When did you first realize you had an affinity for, and interest in, drawing and painting? The saints are real people who can offer help and comfort to so many souls in these troubled times. Her rapidly expanding collection of stunning portraits has found its way onto holy cards, bookmarks, and framed art. I might note I have drawn over 40 images of her now and every one is still a struggle, because I know I cannot and never will depict her as beautiful as she is. I tried and failed many times, not feeling it was good enough. Since then, I have become a fan of these great men and the part they played in caring for and sacrificing their life for their men. Her inspiring work puts faces to the names of saints and blesseds. Tracy Christianson spends her days and nights with the angels and saints. Thank you. If you value the news and views Catholic World Report provides, please consider donating to support our efforts. Christianson: I suppose the final decision to take the step and trust in God to quit my paying job and spend all my time drawing saints was mostly encouraged by my sister, who started Portraits of Saints in order to get my work out there and seen, and my priest, who one day said to me, “God wants you to do this (draw saints). (Photo courtesy of Tracy Christianson) Tracy Christianson spends her days and nights with the angels and saints. There are a few real photographs of her out there, but none very clear or of good quality. Your contribution will help us continue to make CWR available to all readers worldwide for free, without a subscription. Since then, I have become a fan of these great men and the part they played in caring for and sacrificing their life for their men. The research and coming up with the pose, how I will depict them, what they will look like, their clothes and any other recognizing symbols that define them will take a lot longer than the drawing itself.

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