Mary Catherine Solberg incorporates aspects of religious iconography, classical realism and her own unique style to create large -scale mixed media paintings she refers to as “Everyday Icons”. These Icon portraits focus on a single character to capture fleeting moments of triumph, transition, struggle and enlightenment. Her subjects tend toward the underrated, the undervalued, the unusual and the disenfranchised. Dogs leap for balls, squirrels clutch their prize candy corn, swimmers dive into a new reality and children grapple with the consequences of authoritarian decisions. Traditional portraiture takes on an ethereal interpretation with the incorporation of assorted media including plaster, collage, oil, acrylics, beeswax, metal leaf, gems and glitter. Her innovative technique produces a highly textured masterful portrait with surprising depth and luminescence.