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From childhood Gina hoped to paint religious art for churches. After raising two sons, she studied fine art but switched her major in her junior year to receive a BA in Theology summa cum laude from Ohio Dominican University. The transition from art to theology was inspired by the words of her professor, Sr. Mary Ann Fatula, who counseled her that “theology should inform art, not art inform theology”. She continues to pursue artist’s studio opportunities to learn new skills and hone her drawing abilities.
Gina paints on all scales from large murals to small images of Saints. Her work may be seen in churches in Columbus, Ohio, at the convent at St. Michael’s in Worthington and it has been featured at the Men’s and Women’s Conference in Columbus Ohio. She works in many mediums including pencil, ink, oil, encaustic, egg tempera and acrylic, always choosing the medium to fit the message.
She is a Lay Dominican and the director of RCIA at her Dominican parish, St. Patrick’s in Columbus, OH. Painting images that inspire the faithful is her way of living the Dominican charism “to contemplate the truth and share the fruits of that contemplation”. She has recently begun designing Paschal candles for Root Candle Co. http://www.rootcandles.com/ Working on Paschal candle designs perfectly melds the disparate pieces of her professional life.
Gina lives in Ohio with her husband Shane, of 29 years. They have recently celebrated the weddings of their two sons to two lovely women and the birth of a darling granddaughter. They share their home with two German Shepherds and share their property with two Shetland ponies who Gina takes to visit nursing homes, hospitals and children with different abilities. https://sites.google.com/site/sweettreatstation/
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