Nat did the most magnificent work on Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal painting. I commissioned her to do a 8x10 mixed media painting for me and it's done and it's lovely. I haven't received it yet - I'll get it next week but I have the proof of the finished piece. It was amazing working with her. She let me have a lot of input and I tried to use as much of my research as possible.
Of course, some of it couldn't be included, for example the 3 rings on each hand, and we added a few things, the blue mantle and the Holy Spirit, but it's still true to the third apparition of St. Catherine Laboure. Even the snake, which represents Satan and evil, is green with yellow spots just as St. Catherine saw it. Our Lady is standing on the snake to represent her battle against evil. She also stands upon on the Earth, which is perfect, with the date 1830 among a lot of wonderful clouds. She is absolutely lovely. Nan made her dress a little bluish to represent the "color of dawn" as St. Catherine saw it, as well as rings on each of her fingers and rays from the rings towards the Earth. Although St. Catherine did not see a blue mantle, this was added later by her confessor, the bishop, and has been a part of the image since then. The circle surrounding her which reads "O Mary Conceived Without Sin Pray for Us Who Have Recourse to Thee" from hand to hand as was seen by St. Catherine. Of course, the original was in French but we decided to do the text for this painting in English. Nat also added the Holy Spirit at my request.
The painting is truly amazing. I will be lucky to have such a piece of art. I know you want to see her so here she is: