the art of

Sr. Marie Pierre Semler, M.M.

         lost in the beauty of her God

                                            1901 – 1993

Sr. Marie Pierre began her oil paintings and pencil drawings early in the 1930’s and continued through that decade.  In 1941, a broken wrist prohibited her from painting, so she attended a summer class at Maryknoll given by a Russian Artist and his wife to learn sculpting clay.  She realized she could accomplish this with her left hand and molded her first piece which was named Lord of Life. She then made a mold of the piece and cast it in stone.

The stone was a formula that she developed and used throughout the next several years. Thus began the decades of stone sculpture.  During this same period of time she began wood carvings. The woods used were a variety of wood found on the Maryknoll grounds, and also exotic wood sent to her from the mission countries by her Maryknoll Sisters.

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