24X36-inch plywood panel, spray-painted gold; adorned with Mardi Gras beads, miscellaneous gemstones, and fine glitter; arranged with hot glue and finished with resin; solid wooden frame spray-painted champagne gold
“You can’t separate New Orleans culture and Catholicism—so, this Eucharistic art is a ‘Mardi Gras mosaic,’ made with individual Mardi Gras beads and decorated with miscellaneous gems. Beads were carefully selected to reflect as much light as possible, reminding us that the Light of the World is forever present in the gift of the Eucharist. We offer nothing but thanksgiving for this gift, as articulated in the title ‘O res mirabilis!‘ (‘O wondrous gift indeed!’) taken from St. Thomas Aquinas’ Eucharistic hymn ‘Panis Angelicus.'”
How old are you?
Have you had any formal training in the arts? Where? When? How long?
I have been creating for as long as I can remember, but I didn’t start painting lessons until I was 8 years old.
What inspires your art? Who/what influences you?
Music inspires my art. I love bright colors that bring “sound to the canvas”.
How would you describe the style of your art?
Who are your favorite artists? Favorite works of art?
Vincent Van Gogh, Salvador Dali
What direction is your art taking now and where do you see yourself going? Do you have any new projects you are working on that you are excited about? Any new areas (types/styles of art, subject matters) you’d like to explore or try?
I use art as a way to express myself, but it brings me great joy when others see the beauty in my work. I plan to continue doing art in my spare time, but I have no large projects planned at this moment.
What do you do for a living? Do you create art professionally?
I am an operations manager/accountant for a local construction company. I do art in my spare time.
Besides art, what are your other interests – professional or otherwise?
Spending time with my family and friends, exercising, cooking and baking.
Are you Catholic yourself? Are you a convert to the faith or a “cradle Catholic”?
Yes, I am Catholic and have been raised since birth.
Claire intends on auctioning this piece of art, but the Catholic non-profit organization that will receive a donation from a portion of the proceeds has yet to be determined.
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