I never went to Catholic School, except for that brief period in first grade before my parents began dragging me around the world, but I have had the privilege of being fed by a number sisters and nuns in the past few years.
St. Therese of Lisieux was a French Carmelite nun who died at only 24. She wrote a beautiful book called, 'The Story of a Soul'. It was her autobiography and it spoke of her thirst and desire to be completely poured out for the love of Jesus. Pope John Paul the Second declared her a Doctor of the Universal Church. One in three women have been given that honor. She called her life with Jesus her little way because there was nothing grand or prestigious about her approach to a life of sanctity.
This color sketch I did the other night did not necessarily spring from deep reflection about the lives of religious sisters, however I find their lives to be a bold statement and it makes me excited to depict them!
... And their habits have a great graphic quality, which makes them wonderful to paint.
A 'nun' is different from a 'religious sister'. A 'nun' is a type of 'religious sister'. What someone is is dependent on the vows she takes and the type of community life she enters into. But don't worry about offending anyone, any religious sister will be happy to let you know if she is a nun and why or why not.