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2013-11-24

Painting and artwork have always come naturally to Teresa Gaytan de Ayala. Her latest collection is inspired by 'The Year of Faith.' It includes everything from the life of Jesus to Catholic Saints. 

TERESA GAYTAN DE AYALA
Artist 
"So we have the Holy Trinity, God the Creator, Isaiah, Abraham, Moses, the Virgin Mary.” 

FR. JOSE LUIS SANCHEZ GARCIA
Universidad Catolica, Valencia (Spain) 
"She includes the prophets, the significance of Our Lady and also the birth of Jesus. Then there's the life of Christ from His death to His Resurrection.” 

Spain's Embassy before the Holy See held an exhibit showcasing her collection. Most recently, the Spanish artist decided to focus her skills on religious themes. The reasons range from inner inspiration, to more practical matters. 

TERESA GAYTAN DE AYALA
Artist 
"Before, my work focused on individual and family portraits. But I would get a lot of complaints because people often see themselves differently. So, with saints, it's great because not one of them has complained.” 

During the Year of Faith, Benedict XVI called all artists to inspire faith, through their work. De Ayala took this call very seriously. One of her 13 paintings is of Benedict XVI. Based on a picture, it shows the Pope emeritus as he looks at a Cross with both intensity and affection. 

Then there's also also a painting of Pope Francis, as he kisses the feet of a young sick boy, on Holy Thursday. From her native Spain, there's also a painting of St. John of Avila. Her goal is to inspire and keep the faith alive. 

TERESA GAYTAN DE AYALA
Artist
"We can't forget these great saints. We have to make it a point to keep their memory alive. Their presence can come alive at any given moment.”  

This collection isn't just art for art's sake, but it's all for a good cause. All proceeds will be donated to a Congregation of Spanish nuns


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