Friday, March 05, 2021

A new image for St. Nunzio Sulprizio

Terry Nelson


St. Nunzio, pray for us.

I was attracted to Nunzio Sulprizio many years ago, since he led a difficult life and suffered abuse in his childhood and teen years. I first heard Fr. John Horgan speak of him on Mother Angelica sometime in the 1990's.  His story and example of patience in suffering is remarkable. Go here for an overview of his life.

In this study, I based his looks upon the canonization image and early prints of the saint as to how he looked in life.  This image is so farunvarnished, since I just finished it - the exposure is a bit light saturated.   

He's been my companion all winter, spending a couple hours a day working on the painting.  We have a few things in common, I think.


  1. Beautiful work - seeped in contemplation. This one really holds my attention. And that background is just right. They can be so difficult.

  2. Ah, thank you. I posted too early because I did some subtle shading on the figure. It won't be noticeable to the casual viewer. It's funny how some work is never finished. Thanks - I wanted to do a scumbled background because it can reveal different 'images' sometimes.

  3. Well done, dear Terry. I notice you did not forget to include his rosary. I am glad you have St. Nunzio as a companion. He understands.

    1. Thanks Susan. I do think he understands. :)


Please comment with charity and avoid ad hominem attacks. I exercise the right to delete comments I find inappropriate. If you use your real name there is a better chance your comment will stay put.