Timelapse of the watercolor I painted based on our visit to Monticello last summer, which I then gave as a gift to my father, fellow artist Robert F. Jackson, who is a University of Virginia alumnus and fan of Thomas Jefferson like me and my husband.
As a cradle Catholic, it actually has taken me much of my adult life to understand Mary better, and to adopt any sort of regular prayer devotion around her role in Salvation history. So for me to be willing to see myself in her shoes so to speak, I feel is a great leap forward in my faith life as a Catholic artist. Likewise, I treasure my son. And to imagine what it must have been like for Mary, who I'm sure treasured Jesus, to watch Him grow and eventually suffer and fulfill His role in God's plan must have been torturous for her to endure. For this reason, this piece is still first and foremost a self-portrait and portrait, just in the arrangement and tradition of a "Madonna and Child," and I have therefore included it in my "Portrait" page of my portfolio of this site.
This piece's title is a play on words with an obvious juxtaposition of classical imagery over a modern "media" filled setting.
Sonia Jackson Summers