I am a designer/artist specializing in the creation of work expressive of spirituality and faith.
The focus of my art practice is on projects commissioned for use in worship and liturgical settings. This work typically reflects the seasons, themes, and colors of the Christian Liturgical Calendar that enrich the worship lives of many churches, parishes, and congregations.
My sources of inspiration include the sacred writings that ground my faith, the hymns and music that give voice to that faith, and the theological reflections and spiritual insights that emerge on the course of my faith journey. My work is informed by academic degrees in journalism and theology, extensive studies in art and surface design, and experience as a parish pastor and published author. The multiple threads of my passions, interests, and experiences combine to enable me to be in intuitive dialog with liturgical arts teams, to sensitively assess and interpret the needs of each faith community, and to develop aesthetically pleasing and theologically rich designs unique to the contexts in which the artwork will reside.
My current practice is primarily focused on the creation of digital designs for execution as:
- stretched canvases in a wide variety of scales and proportions, both as stand-alone pieces and as multiple-component arrangements (such as diptychs, triptychs, etc.)
- digital imagery for large-screen projection during worship, at conferences, and in a variety of other settings
- commercially printed fabric that is used to create:
paraments (sometimes called frontals or falls) for altars or communion tables; pulpits, lecterns, or ambos; baptismal fonts, and other worship-space appointments
vestments (the ritual garments, robes, and apparel worn by clergy, priests, presiders, pastors, preachers, deacons, and other religious leaders), which include stoles, chasubles, copes, etc.
large-scale liturgical banners and three-dimensional space installations
Although my digital process initially focused on replication of previous techniques – manipulating and dyeing fabric; introducing color with paint; adding structure through piecing and appliqué; and embellishing with hand or machine stitch – that process quickly evolved into broader design aesthetic that is being enthusiastically received. My passion for the digital design process has enabled me to expand the scope of my design practice, while at the same time preserving my commitment to creating work that is custom-designed for specific contexts; this mode of working also enables me to create and execute my designs in a more timely manner and to make them available at price points that are more broadly accessible.
While most of my energies are focused on commissioned projects, I do occasionally find time to create exploratory two- and three-dimensional work, some of which I am privileged to have displayed in juried solo, group, and invitational exhibitions in Europe, Asia, and North America. Images of my work are frequently published in books, magazines, and journals, and I maintain several thematic exhibition collections that I am pleased to lease to venues throughout the United States.
I welcome inquiries and comments about my ministry in the arts.