Mother Teresa
What is the connection between an original oil painting done in a small town in Maine and the opening of a
nursing center in Kansas? The Benedictine College had been searching on line for an artist to paint a life sized oil
of Mother Teresa to commemorate the opening of the Mother Teresa Nursing Center in Atchison, Kansas.  They
found what they were looking for in artist Dawna Gardner, the Blue Collar Painter, of Wayne, Maine.  
“To be commissioned to create this painting of Mother Theresa brings my life- long admiration for her full circle. It
gives me great joy!” said Dawna.
After sending an on-line preview of the completed portrait to the President of the college, Steven Minnis, Dawna
received back a personal affirmation of her work with an invitation.   On August 26th, the anniversary of Mother
Teresa’s 100th birthday, Dawna and husband, Eric, will be there for the unveiling of this work of art.
Mother Teresa’s told her biographers, “Every day on awaking my desire and my enthusiasm is this:  Today I must
to do something beautiful for God.”
To view the painting, visit
And to learn more about the Mother Teresa celebration in Kansas, go to:

artist, Dawna Gardner  
11x14 matted prints
available upon request.
President Stephen Minnis(far right)
and his wife Amy were wonderful hosts
for the event.