Madonna and Child as Vietnamese

In continuing with my streak of alternative cultural depictions of Mary and Jesus, here is “Madonna and Child as Vietnamese”! This one was inspired by my recent trip to Vietnam, where I celebrated Christmas with my family and many faithful locals.

“Madonna and Child as Vietnamese” by Karen Zainal

I could have gone for a more regal look, a la the famed images of Our Lady of La Vang:



But I thought I’d portray a different side, focusing more on her intimate, maternal love for Jesus. At the same time, to retain that sense reverence, I deliberately left lines unfinished to convey a sense of timelessness and eternity. Let me know what you think! 🙂

16 thoughts on “Madonna and Child as Vietnamese

  1. Hi Karen, Just thought I’d tell you personally that I think your artwork and your blog is fabulous. I’m a quiet reader, but I admire your vision. Perhaps it is because I can relate to many of your own sensitivities. I notice you’re on Twitter, I’ll follow you there too. Keep up the great work. Blessings, Geralyn.

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    1. Geraldyn, wonderful to meet you! Thank you so much for your kind words, and it’s always surprising how you can find kindred spirits online… Blessings to you, too! 🙂


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