Artist’s Statement

“God saw all that He had made, and it was very good.” (Genesis 1:31)

“The artist has a special relationship to beauty; beauty is the vocation bestowed on him by the Creator in the gift of artistic talent.” (Pope John Paul II, letter to artists)

I have always loved the arts, especially painting, although I did not become a full-time artist until later in life after raising a family and much and varied experience in life, work, travel and study. In the mid-1990’s, I left the world behind, moved to an isolated lakefront log house in the forest and began an intensive ten year period of spiritual renewal, contemplation and scripture study which awakened an artistic calling and an enduring love of iconography and painting.

Through my icons and paintings, my goal is to give aesthetic form to insights conceived in spirit, mind and heart and to inspire viewers to lift their eyes to heaven. I try to convey what is perceived beneath and beyond the surface of reality and to interpret a glimmer of the mystery and beauty of the invisible world of the Spirit, of God. Creating my artworks is an act of contemplation, prayer, love and devotion and a path to both spiritual and self-expression. The act of painting is an intimate cooperation with my God, for whom I hold the brush.

I am especially drawn to the spirituality and art form of iconography, sacred images representing a ladder or window between our mortal world and the invisible, mysterious, divine world of God. Icons appear highly stylized and elongated; they are painted in reverse perspective (God’s perspective) and use a language of symbolic imagery and colour to depict transfigured subjects, glowing with divine light.
Most of the icons written by my hand and taught in my workshops are produced in acrylic on hard-wood boards with gold leaf halos or backgrounds; I have also painted icons in egg tempera and in watercolour.
When painting, my preferred subjects are drawn from nature, inspired by awe of the beauty of creation and revealing my love of bright, intense colours, the play of light and shadow and textures, line and form. I work in a variety of media: pen and ink, graphite, conte, acrylic, watercolour and mixed-media.