Draw Near


Mary gazes down into your heart. A look of love that pierces and soothes.


Originally an oil painting on aluminum-backed linen panel. Printed on semi-gloss archival paper in a variety of sizes with the option of a white conservation mat.

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Mary gazes down into your heart. A look of love the pierces and soothes. She is our Mother, and longs to shower us with love. Her hands spread out ready to embrace us. But we have to take that step forward. She, like God, never forces herself on us but is always ready to draw near when we call out.

Call upon Mary on your journey to Heaven. Consecrate your life to Jesus through her intercession and she will teach and guide you at every step of the way, forming you into other Christs.

What better model can we have than the Mother of God? Mary, conceived without sin, who choose never to sin every day after until her assumption, who better for us to choose? You may say (even rightly) that it’s better to just be like Jesus. Why do we need Mary? Look to St. Louis de Montfort, John Paul II, Mother Teresa, Maximilian Kolbe. They knew, as countless other Saints, of the power of Mary’s prayers.

All of Mary points to Jesus without a hesitation of deviance. God first chose her, out of all women, to be the one to bear His Son. He would not choose to accomplish the work of salvation without her, asking for her consent for the Incarnation, waiting to being His ministry when she asked Him to come home after the Finding in the Temple, and beginning His miracles by her request for the wedding couple at Cana. If God chose to work through Mary then, He certainly will choose to work through her still.

Draw near to your Mother. And rest beneath her mantle. Let her take care of everything.


Inspiration for this painting came from my church tours. This was one stunning church. One of the best in teh Dioceses of Rockford. St. Mary’s in Elgin, IL.

I believe it was newly renovated, all with amazing stenciling on the walls, adding emphasis to the statues and sanctuary, creating nooks where there were flat walls.

And most of all, stunning statues, one of which is this one of Our Lady.

Placed in the wall above votive candles, she looks down, directly into your eyes if you kneel at the kneeler. Hands outstretched, ready to comfort you.

One of my favorite Mary statues I have encountered.


Beautiful 11″x14″, 8″x10″, or  5″x7″ print with the option for a white mat frame of conservation quality attached to the prink with all archival, acid-free adhesives.

Printed on high quality 100% cotton paper on a 10-ink pigment based inkjet printer, this print is of archival quality and as such will not fade or deteriorate even 100 years later.

Shipped in a rigid cardboard mailer with cardboard backing. Sealed in plastic sleeve.

Additional information

Weight 7 oz
Dimensions 12 × 9 × .5 in

5"x7", 5"x7" with a mat (outside is 8"x10"), 8"x10 with a mat (outside 11"x14"), 8"x10", 11"x14"


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Your Impact

For every order, 10% of all proceeds will go to organizations who provide resources to at risk women before and after birth.

The first is The Pregnancy Care Center of Rockford. They area a local organization to me,  providing resources and care for free to women in crisis pregnancies, from ultrasounds to parenting classes to post abortion healing.

The second is the Sisters of Life, a newer religious community founded in 1991 in New York to promote the dignity of every human life. They have houses for women to come live with them during and after their pregnancy as they get back on their feet, as well as counseling for post abortion healing, and other missions.

About the artist

Hi! I’m Monica Skrzypczak; an oil painter and rosary maker with a passion for creating beauty and bringing faith into every home. Feel free to contact me to commission a painting or a custom rosary!

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