Pax Christi USA is thrilled to partner with artist Kimberly Webber and Pax Christi supporter Tom Eddington to offer prints of the original painting, “Pia Mater” (meaning “Tender Mother”), in celebration of Pax Christi USA’s 50th anniversary in 2022. A portion of the proceeds of each sale will be donated to Pax Christi USA to support our work.
On February 20, 2019 at the Vatican, the Taos, New Mexico painter Kimberly Webber gifted Pope Francis the painting “Pia Mater”, her original oil painting of Mary, which is now held in the Vatican collection. The luminous 80+ layer painting, which took the artist over a year to complete, is a 24” x 18” rice paper, earth pigment, encaustic and oil on panel. “Pia Mater” is a painting from EDEN, Kimberly’s new series of evolutionary oil based works honoring the natural world, medicine animals and the spirit of the archetypes. Her vision was to convey in Mary’s expression a unique blend of devotion, compassion, love and gravitas. The painting was given to Pope Francis out of her admiration and support for the Pope’s progressive and extraordinary work on many issues that affect us all – including climate change and alleviating extreme poverty, as well as his call for unity, equality and peace.
The prints are available in a range of sizes, from a deluxe art card to a large display print. The prints are suitable for display in parishes and schools, as gifts, and for use in liturgy and worship.