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Commissioned Art for Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth

The Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth commissioned Linda to create four paintings and hired her to be their art consultant on their new nursing home Ross Hall. In this photo, Linda stands in the Ross Hall lobby with her painting "Coming Home" on the left and "Charity: Love of God and Neighbor" in the alcove to the right. Scroll down to see all paintings. Click to read more about her art consulting services.

 

Commissioning Art

Are you looking for just the right art for your home, office, community or to gift someone with? My goal is to create paintings that reflect you, your mission and compliment your space. Every art commission is unique. Let me know the size, what to express and whatever additional guidelines you would like to share. I will provide you with a bid and schedule. I hope to work closely with you to create art especially for you and/or your organization.

 

Commissioned Art

Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth
New Nursing Home Ross Hall

Covenant Presbyterian Church, Austin, Texas

Diocese of Helena Book of The Elect

Helena, Montana Regional Airport

Gift for 50th Wedding Anniversary

Gift from Groom to Bride

 

Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth
New Nursing Home Ross Hall

My goal for the abstract spiritual original paintings I created especially for the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth was to translate their mission and sacred journey into contemporary art that warms the hearts of all those who enter their new nursing home, Ross Hall.

Coming Home by Linda McCray

"All of a sudden I was struck speechless at the vision of the magnificent 'Triple Crown.'
Coming Home
is so gorgeous that I know I will be entranced before it many times."

Sister Marie de Paul Combo, SCL

Coming Home
Artist Statement: As Sisters journey home through the rolling hills of Leavenworth, they are embraced by the True Light. Their local foreground dirt road is highlighted in gold to symbolize that they are on holy ground, right here and now. As the road narrows in the distance, it is lined with gold expressing their crossing over through the gates of heaven.

You encounter this permanently installed painting as you enter Ross Hall's lobby.

 

Charity: Love of God & Neighbor by Linda McCray

Charity
love of God & neighbor

Artist Statement: God is love, symbolized by warm light in the upper left. God’s love flows through charity hearts of the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth as they live their community mission. Charity, love of God and neighbor, is conveyed through simple and pure hearts. The half of their hearts reaching towards God is painted in gold to represent Sister’s love of God. The outward half conveys their love of all neighbors, symbolized by diverse colors. Both halves make whole perfect charity creating a current of divine love.

Charity in alcove

This painting is permanently installed in the alcove by central elevator on ground floor.

Women of Prayer: Centered on Christ, Sharing His Love with All by Linda McCray

Women of Prayer
centered on Christ
sharing His love with all
 

in honor of Sister Marie Noël Bruch, SCL

 

Artist Statement: Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth are women of prayer who are centered on Christ and share His love with all. To symbolize their community of prayer, the large circle is an abstract view from above of four Sisters praying. The four small circles signify their heads, dynamic implied lines are their arms reaching out to each other and their hands unite in graced prayer. This circle of prayer is alive with the Spirit flowing mystically. Beginning in the center is a cross of Light formed by Sisters hands folded in a tradition prayer gesture, which symbolizes private devotion. The Light of Christ is within each Sister, symbolized by a flame within their prayerful hands. Joyful colors and gold rays of grace represent God’s love mysteriously radiating from Sisters to all.

 

Special gratitude to Sister Marie Noël, a woman of prayer and my spiritual companion, for sharing her love of God with me.

Women of Prayer in alcove

This painting is permanently installed in the alcove by central elevator on first floor.

To Love & Serve: In These Times, In These Places by Linda McCray

To Love & Serve
in these times
in these places

Artist Statement: As Saint Vincent de Paul and Saint Louise de Marillac served in their time and place on the cobblestone streets of Paris, so do Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth serve in ways of their day wherever God places them. The Light of Christ blesses Sisters and all of those in their midst, which is symbolized by light imbued on the brick road lined with Tiger Lilies near their Mother House. The color blue and white lily conveys Mother Mary walking beside Sisters as they love and serve everyone. This holy path is unclear to express how Sisters walk by faith.

To Love and Serve in alcove

This painting is permanently installed in the alcove by central elevator on second floor.

Covenant Presbyterian Church, Austin, Texas

Let There Be Light by Linda McCray

"It was divine providence for our church to discover Linda's luminous paintings!  From our initial contact with her, I felt very comfortable with Linda's professionalism and desire to ensure that the final painting would match our vision. Her completed piece has blessed us with a vibrant representation of God's Word and a new - and highly personal - way to consider how God speaks to us through all aspects of His creation.”

Elaine Peterson
Covenant Presbyterian Church
Austin, Texas


Let There Be Light in Covenant Presbyterian Church
Let There Be Light
is permanently installed in the their gathering space.

Then God said, “Let there be light,”
and there was light.

Genesis 1:3

Artist Statement: While painting Let There Be Light, I was reflecting on Genesis 1:1-8. The dark areas symbolize “the earth was a formless void and darkness covered the face of the deep.” The metallic gold spiral with heavy texture and gestural brush strokes convey “a wind from God.” Throughout time, artists have used gold to symbolize divinity. “Let there be light” is translated as an explosion of light.

Bishop George Leo Thomas and Linda McCray Diocese of Helena Book of The Elect

Published by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Helena

+George Leo Thomas, Bishop of Helena


Editor, Father Edward Hislop,

Chair Diocese of Helena Liturgical Commission

Painting Illuminations & Book Design by Linda McCray


Printing by Allegra Marketing, Print & Web, Helena, Montana

This one-of-a-kind diocesan book was presented to Bishop George Leo Thomas at the Rite of Election on the first Sunday of Lent, 2012. The Rite of Election is a step towards full communion with the Catholic Church through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. All of the Diocese of Helena’s Catechumens for the next hundred years will inscribe their names in this book. It is permanently housed in the Cathedral of Saint Helena.

Bishop George Leo Thomas commissioned Linda McCray to illuminate the Diocese of Helena's Book of The Elect with abstract spiritual paintings of the five Lenten Gospel readings, which are heard when people seek baptism. Here are links to the paintings: Tempatation, Transfiguration, Living Water, Eyes Opened and Come out Lazarus!
Book of the Elect, Illuminations by Linda McCray Book of the Elect, Illuminations by Linda McCray

Peace VIII by Linda McCray Helena, Montana Regional Airport

Peace VIII is permanently installed in the
Helena, Montana Regional Airport.
Gift for 50th Wedding AnniversaryGift for 50th Wedding Anniversary

Waburn’s Love for Pat

Artist Statement: I layer my abstract spiritual original paintings with symbolism. In the painting, Waburn's Love for Pat, the Apache mated pair hummingbird symbol signifies love, happiness, devotion, permanence, eternity and life cycles. I have highlighted the symbol in gold to signify their Golden Anniversary. This symbol also speaks of…
Love never ends,” 1 Corinthians 13:8.

Their life together has been blessed with experiencing many cultures. In the dark blue on the right is a subtle geometric pattern connecting cultures. The design is in dark blue, a color in the US flag. Its geometric pattern was inspired by Native American art. The position of the geometric squares forms Christian crosses.

The light symbolizes the pureness of God’s love in their marriage and their love for each other.

The softness to the painting style conveys the tenderness of… “Love is patient, love is kind,"  1 Corinthians 13:4.

The abstract element of light and dark expresses…"Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things," 1 Corinthians 13:7.

Steadfast Love by Linda McCray Gift from Groom to Bride

Steadfast Love

Artist Statement: While I was painting Steadfast Love for David to give to his bride, I was reflecting on scripture they chose for their wedding, Hosea 2:19-20. I symbolized “forever” with circles, which also symbolize them as individuals. As they come together in “steadfast love”…“you shall come to know the Lord.” As the circles come together they form the Christian fish symbol. Through the years artists have used gold to symbolize divinity. To emphasis the holiness of their love, the fish is graced with gold. There is gold in other areas of the painting because as they become one, the light of Christ shines through you to others.

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