Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Peaceful Setting

Last week I escaped the chaos at my house and found a peaceful scene under a Russian Olive tree in Lander. I first noticed the sculpture when I drove by on an errand and later decided to stop and take a photo from the driveway; however, God had other plans.

As I approached the driveway, I saw a woman mowing the grass. On impulse, I asked permission to photograph the sculpture and commented on the beauty of the piece.

As we visited about the sculpture, I learned that the woman was the artist and that her goal when creating the piece was to depict Mary in her later years.

The three jars on Mary's right represent Christ's first miracle (turning water into wine at the wedding in Canaan), and the crown of thorns Mary clutches to her heart is from Christ's crucifixion. The piece gently pulls the observer into Mary's world and is simply stunning.

Mary from Canaan to Calvary
Sculpted by Beverly Paddleford
I would have missed the opportunity to visit with the artist and to learn more about the sculpture if I had not gone back to photograph this work of art.


  1. That is a beautiful piece, thanks for sharing it. Sue

  2. I truly love this piece too! I think her expression and posture portrays so much I
    Emotion...can you even imagine? Thank you nancy! Loved the Easter lilt bottom right...

  3. How neat that you got to meet the artist. I like how things work out like that sometimes.

  4. a little angel sent you back. Great sculpture by Beverly. I love the idea of an older Mary.

  5. What a stunning presentation. Thank you for sharing it with us. I don't believe in coincidences, so what a treat to meet the artist and learn the backstory!

  6. Spectacular! What a moving peace of art and you sharing your experience has broaden my world.....

  7. What a beautiful piece of art. I'm glad you got the chance to visit with the artist and enjoy that little piece of peace in your currently chaotic life. g

  8. WOW! Thanks for sharing this with us. It was a wonderful "find" for you.

  9. Thank you for showing the close-up of Mary's face and hands. The artist was truly inspired by God!! How fortunate that you found the sculpture and the artist. We are blessed by you sharing it with us!

  10. That is so very beautiful. You must take me by there sometime. How peaceful! Thanks for sharing.
    Rebel Follower

    1. Beautiful sculpture. Beautiful message. Thanks.

  11. Visiting from Sew Many Ways thanks for posting. Very lovely sculpture and story.

  12. What a beautiful sculpture! How lucky are you to get a close up view! (And us too!!) :)


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