This painting is based on John 20:11-16, especially verse 16. It is dedicated to a high school classmate and good friend, Mike Minick, who died in 2014. He had given the canvas to me and after his death I decided to do a painting with a religious theme. I was inspired by that instant in time after Jesus says Mary Magdalene’s name but before she realizes it is Him. I feel that she represents us all because we have heard Jesus’ name but we don’t yet fully realize what that means.

I was also inspired by a sculpture by artist Bruce Wolfe of the same encounter between Mary and Jesus. I used his Mary as my ‘model.’ I originally had Jesus in the painting but I removed Him because I wanted the focus to be on Mary.

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It was unveiled December 11, 2016 during a concert at the Dallas Museum of Biblical Arts and dedicated on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017, Pastor Rich Pounds officiating, at Central Lutheran Church in Dallas, where it now hangs in the narthex.

Acrylic on canvas, 62″ x 62″

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2 Responses to “Mary!”

  1. Glee (Esposito) Cloninger says:

    This painting just moved me to tears, Colby. I am sure that Mike is smiling in Heaven and wishes he could come down and give you a hug! Thank you so much for sharing this gorgeous painting with me!

    Love, Jeni Glee Esposito Cloninger

    Living in Kennewick, Washington.

  2. Sandy. Norrell says:

    Mike was my brother. I still can’t hardly talk about him without tearing up. He was the best.
    Thank you for honoring him this way. I know how proud he would be. He was blessed with so many wonderful people , family and friends. Yet he touched all of them in some way. Mike was one of a kind as everybody knew. I love him so………

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