Beckoning | Oil on Canvas | 24 x 36 | Commission 2016
“At the cross, You beckon me
You draw me gently to my knees
And I am lost for words, so lost in love
I’m sweetly broken, wholly surrendered…” (J. Riddle)
This painting is a result of contemplating the Sacred Heart and how the moment of Christ’s crucifixion is so linked with His intimate heart, the very root of His love and suffering. Furthermore, there now is an invitation to breach the chasm, to remove the gap between us and Love. We see this as the man grabs onto the root that is connected to the roots of the crucifix. You also notice a red rose next to Christ, this is our Blessed Mother. She is intertwined with the suffering and salvation because of her yes to be present and trust in each moment. The man is dressed in Marian blue because it is her mantle that wraps her children and brings them to the foot of the cross where hope is.