Hail Mary, Full of Grace by L Hartley

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I have struggled with finding faith my entire life. This photo is a represntation of my grasping towards Mary, the blessed virgin, the women to whom I could relate as child, in an effort of clutch her peace, her wisdom, her divinity. I, a red haired, Irish Catholic girl, lost. Again.

And yet, I wonder always, is it really there? For her grace and poeace always eluded me. So here I am. Sinner. Artist. Nudist. Human. Pray for me. Pray for us ALL:

Hail Mary, Full of Grace
The Lord is With Thee
Blessed art thou amngst women.
Blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God
Pray for us Sinners, now
And at the hour of our death.


I dedicate this to the amazing Anne McGinn.

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  • Paul Gana
    Paul Ganaover 6 years ago

    very interesting lighting on this, very creative shot

  • Paul, thank you for looking. This shot meant a lot to me, so I appreciate your having noticed it!

    – L Hartley

  • J.A. Harris
    J.A. Harrisover 6 years ago

    Outstanding work Laura, I’m deeply moved by this piece.

  • John, thank you. Coming from YOU this is so flattering, since you are such a supremely intelligent and creative mind. THANK YOU

    – L Hartley

  • Barssel
    Barsselover 6 years ago

    Great concept and result……………..well done.

  • Thank you so much, and I am loving your nudes, which have a spirituality of their own, as well!

    – L Hartley

  • Anne  McGinn
    Anne McGinnover 6 years ago

    AS you know Laura, this in one of my all time favorites. Its sensual beauty haunts me.

  • Anne  McGinn
    Anne McGinnover 6 years ago

    Oh Geez, I just saw the dedication. I am soooo touched. You are a sweet sister. xoxoxo

  • Sister Anne Marie – we love you!!!!!!!

    – L Hartley

  • jhartley
    jhartleyover 6 years ago

    bless me sister laura, and sister anne! I am a SINNER………………..

  • Husband, you are a sinner and a bad, bad boy!!! I wouldn’t have it any other way, baby!

    – L Hartley

  • DarkHotel2
    DarkHotel2over 6 years ago

    Ahhh yes, the grappling between good and sin… the fight of our lives… love your depiction of this emotion – quite inspirational!

  • KSkinner
    KSkinnerover 6 years ago

    Three Hail Mary’s – oh excuse me I was talking to myself again! Nice artful shot darling!

  • kenroome
    kenroomealmost 3 years ago

    I’ve come late to this image, and perhaps your artistic aesthetic has moved on, but I am compelled to comment because the image is so compelling…soul-filled, perhaps even haunting. Your words too. I’ve just finished “Untie The Strong Woman” by Clarissa Pinkola Estes…how the imagery, concept, myth and truth of Mary, Virgin/Mother, resonates so individually. So I’m wanting to say how relevant your images are…how they speak to that in me which calls out to find connections to the extraordinary in the seemingly everyday…the flesh and heart of us, the mind and soul of us, the Holiness of us…which is what I ask of art.

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