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By Marc Massery (Nov 4, 2019)
For a while, artist Mallory Hurley of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, didn't paint. Though she had grown up watching her mom hand-paint Byzantine icons, though she had studied art in college, and though she had her own art studio set up in her attic, for a while, she would walk past the attic door.

"I thought, 'You need to be up there.' I felt almost an urgency to [paint]," she said. "But I kept putting it off." A series of spiritual encounters with the Blessed Mother, however, helped reignite her artistic passion.

It began in her mid-20s when she read the Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska. "It really scared me. Not in a bad way. I just thought, 'Wow! God wants so much more of me than what I'm giving right now," she said. "Through [the Diary], I really felt Mary pulling me toward her."

Like any spiritual journey, Mallory's included a lot of suffering. In the summer of 2016, she had a miscarriage. "Aside from the pain of the loss, I really felt Mary's presence when I asked her to be with me," she said. "It was a great consolation in my life."

That same year, she had a dream about the Blessed Mother. "After that, I started to really want to know her more and pray to her more," she said. Then Mallory discovered an exercise program that integrates praying the Rosary, and she soon felt called to consecrate herself to the Blessed Virgin Mary.

"After I consecrated myself to the Blessed Mother using 33 Days to Morning Glory by Fr. Michael Gaitley, my life really changed," she said. "I became fearless most days in my attempts to share my love for our [Blessed Mother]."

She left her job teaching art at a local school and decided to stay at home with her children and focus her time on painting, especially images of Our Lady. The first image she painted was Our Lady of Sorrows. "The little business that started in my attic has now grown into a private art studio," she said.

In Pittsburgh, she runs her art studio, which is open to the public, with her mother Kris. At the storefront, they placed a beautiful statue of Our Lady. "[I want to] evangelize through imagery to our community through this window with monthly installations following the liturgical year of Marian titles," she said. Though she's only been in business since August, she's already observed people come by to admire the Blessed Mother's beauty. Some cross themselves and ask who she is.

Mallory has painted dozens of images of the Blessed Mother. She likes to draw upon older depictions of the Blessed Virgin Mary in order to remind people of the images they likely saw of Our Lady as a child.

Mallory opens her art studio every first Saturday of the month in observance of the Five First Saturdays of Reparation called for by Our Lady of Fatima. On the first Saturday in August, a group of Catholics gathered outside her storefront to pray the Rosary together. "My whole life I have been worried about what other people think of me," she said. "I feel like [before] the consecration, I never would have gone out and prayed the Rosary in public."

Father Michael's books continue to inspire Mallory's art. "Through the consecration, [the Blessed Virgin Mary] has opened my heart to understand how to love Jesus," she said. "At first it's hard to understand Mary taking everything that we have. But learning more about her as the Mediatrix of all Grace, she takes what we have and multiplies it — that has stuck with me."

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