Co-Founder in 1969
Author of "God's Little Princess"
Award Winning Artist
Mary has shown her artwork throughout the USA
Several online venues for originals, prints, a variety of shows and performances.
Speaker, Workshops and Worship Artist
WKPA Whidbey Public Radio she had to long running show "Uniquely Whidbey" and "Art and Ag on Whidbey" Where she interviewed artist and framers and other local figures for broadcast.
Mary Leonard poses for a photo surrounded by some of her paintings on Tuesday at Foote Lagoon in downtown Loveland. Leonard will be leading Painting Mariahsachin Worship on Tuesday at Resurrection Fellowship church using abstract painting to help viewers worship God through art.
August 30, 2016 at 9:46 pm
Painting Mariahsachin Worship during Tuesday Encounters.
6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 6; Tuesday Encounters is the first Tuesday of the month.
Resurrection Fellowship, 6502 E. Crossroads Blvd., Loveland.
: 3-7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 5, at the Coffee Tree, 210 E. Fourth St, Loveland..
An artist bringing out the easel and painting an abstract image while music plays isn’t all that unusual.
But at the front of church during worship service?
Artist and author Mary Leonard is often asked why she’s producing abstract paintings at Resurrection Fellowship in Loveland.
“It’s easier for them to connect with themselves and God if I make it abstract,” Leonard said, explaining that realistic painting can give the viewers something to idolize. “We want to blow it out so it’s spirit thinking, not realistic painting.”
Leonard will be leading a Painting Mariahsachin Worship during Tuesday Encounters on Sept. 6 at Resurrection Fellowship, 6502 E. Crossroads Blvd.. It’s a more-charismatic service than the regular Sunday services that includes music, art and a lecture. She’s produced three or four praise and worship paintings at Resurrection each year, but now that she’s returning to Loveland, she’ll be creating them more regularly.
“The painting is another voice. Like the hands for the deaf, this is music to the spirit,” Leonard said.
Leonard, who currently uses oil and acrylic for her worship paintings, hopes a color, shape or aspect of the paintings will stir people to open their hearts to God to speak to them.
“There’s just this overwhelming flow of energy that hits you. It’s such a feeling of love that comes,” Leonard said.
Mariahsachin is a concept Leonard co-developed with her late aunt, Betty Richardson, when she was 12 years old. It means “essence of the essence,” she said.
Using the Mariahsachin technique, Leonard paints in the spirit by inviting the Holy Spirit into the act of painting as a form of worship, turning the painting into a living prayer. It’s painting for and to God, she said.
“I want to tap into the flow of what the spirit is doing in this moment,” Leonard said.
Leonard assembled 28 of her paintings for her children’s picture book, “God’s Little Princess, A Child’s Abstract Journey,” published in 2015 by Whitehall Publishing. Young readers are encouraged to trace and cut out a star to place over one painting a day as they follow the main character, a little princess, on a vision quest as she does good on earth while watching out for the Prince of Earth. She has a treasure box of gifts, talents and a mission she can open when she’s ready to use them.
“The book helps parents use this as a vision quest, so the child can find a relationship with God,” Leonard said, adding that she wants to foster children’s imaginations and generate conversations about their spiritual walks.
Leonard plans to publish a companion guide for parents in 2017.
The paintings from the first book came from work Leonard did in 2013 to 2015 at worship sessions at churches in Colorado, Ohio and Washington, most of them at Resurrection.
Leonard, who does worship painting along the Front Range, also provides workshops, retreats and seminars to teach the practice of Mariahsachin. Mariahsachin Painting with the Spirit is a self-help practice that uses the abstract that helps the painter or observer move into a place of their spirit and feelings, making room for the spirit to flow.
She shows her work in galleries in Colorado, Ohio and Washington and twice showed her work at the Nagasaki Peace Museum in Japan. She sold her first painting at age 12 to a hospital in Ohio and had her first one-woman show at age 13.
She plans to open an art studio in Loveland in January and to have a smaller studio at Resurrection. She’ll offer classes, workshops and retreats and have her art and the work of other artists on display. She moved from Coupeville, Wash., to Loveland, and has lived in Colorado off and on since 1975.
“We love it here. Our kids are here. Our church is here,” Leonard said.
Mariahsachin Certification Program Welcome
We welcome you to the Mariahsachin Certification Program.
Share the gift of relationship with the Trinity through Art.
To give our students the courage to know God in a different more personal way.
To teach praise as a lifestyle.
Our responsibility is to teach and verify skills and practices to achieve the mission.
To reach the world with the love and hope, that we all deserve to live in daily.
Step one- Attend a Beginning Class and verify you love the practice.
Step two- Practice at home and prefect your skills.
Step three- Attend an Advance Class.
Step four- Decide you wish to advance to Stage work or Teaching or both.
Step five- Write an intention letter to apply for acceptance in to either program. The letter must include the value of what you have already received from the Mariahsachin Practice and the reasons you wish to continue. What you wish to receive from completing the Mariahsachin Certification. What you wish to do with the Certification when you have achieved it. Please include your vision and mission.
We expect that you will complete at you own pace:
Learn each Mariahsachin Step, each Practice, each Homework Battery and the Purposes for each in the daily walk.
There are 14 steps with 14 names and sub names each have the above.
I should be able to say one of them and you should be able to recite … Technique, Spiritual Practice, Purpose and example of them in your life and refer to a student example too.
We work with you to learn general teaching skills to help you teach in the classroom.
You must be able to be observed teaching in a variety of environments- Individually, Group Christian and Non-Christian.
If you wish to do stage work the work must be observe a minimum of 3 times.
Interpretation of others work must become very comfortable. Prophetic capabilities are observed and challenged to confirm hearing, knowing, seeing and feeling. As do the rest this takes practice to find that comfort.
Knowledge (remembering, reciting, understanding) of a variety of biblical verses that pertain to the practice and vision.
Once this is completed you are certified. You have completed a rigorous growth and understand of Mariahsachin that you can be used daily and as a profession for your life as you wish.
We welcome the participation as available with us in our work throughout the USA. We respectfully request if you are interested in joining us at the time needed. Also, we are available if you need additional support in one of your adventures.
In the past it takes about 600 hours to complete. Many of these hours are by you. Expectations are less than 100 hours in joint time for classes and private learning. This time can be lessened if you are prepared and feel comfortable to advance to the next subject sooner. It is at your own pass. Sessions are as fast or as slow as you wish. I will be watching each meeting to see you are comfortable and clear in your usage and understanding of the Practices. Cost is in supplies, transportation and is based on location and class size. Contact Mary Leonard for individual pricing.
This years goal
Complete several books
"Parents Guide to the Prince and the Princess"