|During a top secret carving session, Peter snaps a self-portrait at my request.|
Peter inherited an artistic gene from his paternal grandfather and his maternal grandmother, both exceptionally artistic and creative. Peter's passion for art, manifest in his first attempts at drawing as a toddler, continues to this day in his carving, painting and creating. As the recipient of one of Peter's recent masterpieces, I am in awe of his determination, motivation and creativity.
|The artist at work|
I knew Peter was up to something, and that his project was somehow connected to an image of our Blessed Mother Mary holding the infant Jesus. I sensed that carving may be involved, by the noises emitting from his room when the "do not enter" sign was posted. The bandaged finger was another clue pointing toward whittling in progress.
|My hand-made gift from Peter|
My handmade gift, given first thing on Christmas morning, holds a very special place in my heart. Knowing that Peter created this lovely Madonna and Child statue from a block of wood, working for many hours to design, whittle, sand and paint it in time for Christmas, brings me great joy. Peter asked that I have it blessed by a priest ~the final touch~ making it a truly holy, treasured gift from my son the Christian artist.
P.S. to those who may not understand Catholic teaching:
I assure you I do not worship this statue of our Blessed Mother holding Christ. Rather, I look upon this and other holy images for inspiration ~ just as we look fondly upon photos of our loved ones or cherish shared memories brought to mind by prints or keepsakes.