I happened across her page while scrolling through a Catholic blogging network I'm part of. I'm so happy I did, because you folks know how much I love me some Marian art. What's so interesting about Zainal's work, however, is the effort she makes to approach Our Lady with the eyes of various cultures throughout the world.
We've all seen European versions of Our Lady, but how many of us have appreciated the Blessed Mother through the lens of the Japanese, the Nigerians or the Taiwanese? Thus far, Zainal's influence is Asian in nature, but her work points to the universal beauty of our Heavenly Mother. I love this idea! I especially love how simple her pieces are. I almost want to purchase a bunch of them and turn them into a coloring book for my son because the open space begs for splashes of color.
In truth, I like Zainal's style (and we all know I love her choice of subject immensely). I wanted to take a moment to share her with you folks. Do yourselves a favor and check her out! You'll be so glad you did.