Patricia chose to depict Mother in a very loving and nurturing pose. Patricia stated, “I was very happy to be asked to paint this portrait of Mother Teresa caring for poor people all around the world. As I researched her life, I was impressed by how strong she was to fight for her calling and for what she thought was the right thing to do … I was compelled to do a painting to capture her love for those who are in need.”
Mother Teresa often said, "It is not how much you do, but how much love you put into what you do that counts."
Patricia was born in Joliette, Quebec in 1980. She has been painting since 2006. Self-taught as a painter, she was trained in graphic design at Collège Ahuntsic. Her work is influenced by Impressionist Masters – Russian, Canadian, and American. In her works she wants to capture the expression of the moment in all of its authenticity. Her signature lies in the application technique of the paint.
Further information on Mother Teresa:
Mary Teresa Bojaxhiu - (born Anjezë Gonxhe Bojaxhiu 26 August 1910 – 5 September 1997), commonly known as Mother Teresa and honored in the Catholic Church as Saint Teresa of Calcutta, was an Albanian-Indian, Roman Catholic nun, and missionary. She was born in Skopje (now the capital of North Macedonia), then part of the Kosovo Vilayet of the Ottoman Empire. After living in Skopje for eighteen years, she moved to Ireland, and then to India, where she lived for most of her life.
In 1950, Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation that had over 4,500 nuns and was active in 133 countries in 2012. The congregation manages homes for people who are dying of HIV/AIDS, leprosy, and tuberculosis. It also runs soup kitchens, dispensaries, mobile clinics, children's and family counselling programs, as well as orphanages and schools. Members take vows of chastity, poverty, and obedience, and also profess a fourth vow – to give "wholehearted free service to the poorest of the poor."
Teresa received a number of honors, including the 1962 Ramon Magsaysay Peace Prize and 1979 Nobel Peace Prize. She was canonized on 4 September 2016, and the anniversary of her death (5 September) is her feast day.
A controversial figure during her life and after her death, Teresa was admired by many for her charitable work. She was praised and criticized on various counts, such as for her views on abortion and contraception, and was criticized for poor conditions in her houses for the dying. Her authorized biography was written by Navin Chawla and published in 1992, and she has been the subject of films and other books. On 6 September 2017, Teresa and St. Francis Xavier were named co-patrons of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Calcutta.