Welcome to Twelfth and Blossom! I'm so glad you're here. I'm Mary Claire, wife to Mike and mom to Andrew (10) and Philomena, our new baby.
While the leap into a career as a full-time artist took a little time (I was 38 years old!), I've been an artist my entire life. At the age of five, I sat in the front yard, trying to sell my little paintings to passers by. While I wasn't an overnight success, I was determined.
I was born into a devout Catholic family and attended Catholic schools from Kindergarten through college. However, it wasn't until I left an abusive marriage that I really began to depend on my faith and claim it as my own. My son's birth on December 12 was pivotal in my decision to start a new life. You could say that on the 12th, I began to BLOSSOM. In a lot of ways, I feel like I've been given a second chance - my life now is completely different from what it was 10 years ago. I met Mike in the church choir, we got married, and he adopted Andrew as his own. Then, Philomena was born in early 2022. I can't help but thank and glorify God through my art.
I've had a lot of stops on my creative journey: dance teacher, actress, singer, cookie decorator, graphic designer, and more. But I fell in love with watercolors during the pandemic, and I haven't looked back. What I love about watercolor is its unpredictability. Water has a mind of its own, and I've learned to "go with the flow" and to follow the colors as they move instead of trying to control them.
You'll notice that my art is happy and colorful. I want the people who see my art to feel light and joyful - that's how I feel when I paint - and I pray that the same joy brings others closer to God.
Our Lady of the Rosary - October 2022
We celebrate the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7th.
In 1206, St. Dominic de Guzmán was in France working as a missionary and preaching against Albigensianism, a heresy that taught that only spiritual things can be good and that all material things are bad. He was not very successful in his attempts to convert Albigensians back to the Catholic faith. After several days of prayer and fasting, Dominic was visited by the Virgin Mary, who encouraged him to pray the “Marian Psalter”.
The Psalter had been developed by Cistercian Monks and consisted of 150 Hail Marys in groups of 10, separated by Our Fathers. With the assistance of Our Lady, Dominic added mysteries to each group of 10 Hail Marys. These mysteries focused on the life, death, and resurrection of Christ - which contradicted the Albigensian heresy.
Our Lady of the Rosary is sometimes referred to as Our Lady of Victory, a title given to Mary due to her intercession in the Battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571.