Linda McCray Studio, LLC---Art Transcending Boundaries
My goal is to create paintings, retreats and prayer services that reflect your journey to the sacred. I create abstract spiritual paintings for all kinds of spaces: churches &amp;amp;amp; chapels, gathering spaces, nondenominational hospital chapels, meditation rooms, your office or home. As a certified spiritual director, I create and direct custom art as prayer retreats and art prayer services. I’m an art-and-environment designer, sacred art consultant, adjunct art professor and advocate for contemporary art in worship. I create The Liturgical Artists Directory. As an adjunct art professor I teach online Art Appreciation: Sacred and Secular Perspectives for the University of Mary and Art and Spirit: The Sacred and the Secular for Loyola University Chicago, Institute of Pastoral Studies. My genuine understanding of art history, contemporary art and all media in combination with my vast connections with artists are the foundation of my sacred art consulting services.
I translate sacred realities into abstract art that goes beyond words to nourish the spirit and draw today’s believers into a deeper relationship with God. There are a number of ways to translate transcendent reality into paint. To form visible signs of invisible grace, I use abstraction which—so powerfully through color, line, and texture—speaks directly to the heart. My paintings communicate heart to heart. I layer my paintings with symbolism, such as sand from Jerusalem. The torn-like edges symbolize that they are a part of something much greater. While these paintings have specific religious meaning to me, I hope they invite you to reflect on spiritual realities dear to your heart. My spiritual art journey has brought me into a closer relationship with God. I hope to welcome faith communities and your clients to that experience. My art and art ministries transcend boundaries. I hope to work closely with you to create sacred art and religious art experiences to take your church beyond!
I’m a member of Christians in the Visual Arts, Association of Consultants for Liturgical Space, Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth Associate, and Society for the Arts in Religion and Theological Studies. Linda graduated from The University of Montana with a Master of Fine Arts in Painting and Drawing; cum laude from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts; Diocese of Helena Program for Lay Ministers, a 12 credit Pastoral Ministry course through Carroll College; and Benedictine Spiritual Formation Program, Benet Hill Monastery with a certificate in spiritual direction.