|Creative expression is a process in which one touches spirituality continually, for in creativity we begin to know the Creator. As we share the beauty and manifestation of new ideas and forms we explore the potential of ourselves and see the greater self. Art is not a metaphor for creation, it is the continuation of its presence. I most fervently want to impart the spirit of joyous union that comes from the concentration on this spiritual and beautiful journey.|
Since my early teens, I have been interested and active artistically. Initially I was sketching, doing basic carpentry and tailoring, each tutored or encouraged by my family. Gradually it became a part of my interests that occupied much of my time and my apparent interest became more of my focus.
Since that early interest, four decades ago, I have produced a large and varied volume of works. The archive and collection of my works include: More than one thousand Liturgical Vestments, and at least the same number of watercolors, as well as a thousand prints. Throughout the years of study in undergraduate and graduate school I explored and worked in metals, ceramics, oil paintings, acrylic painting, and sculpture, these were accomplished together with watercolors and fabric works. For more than two decades these and other art works occupied my time, accompanied my teaching career, and my vocation as an Augustinian Brother.
As I grow and mature in my adult life all of these artistic activities are companions in developmental skills, technical skills, and intellectual growth. My yearning for greater depth and authenticity emerges and is fueled by spiritual life.
In the last twenty years I am inviting my spirit voice to emerge through painting, and iconography. My productivity is self-propelled, and I am choosing to channel as much as possible through myself by working and creating artworks. The sheer volume of time and focus begins to polish and refine my many projects.
Gradually and continuously I am beginning to be more the expression, rather than the maker of expressions. In so saying I am describing a Transformative process that was begun in my spiritual and artistic foundations that evolved into the path I have certainly begun to follow instinctively at this time. The seeking within, and liturgical education that harvested in my ordination to the priesthood was significantly instrumental in all that I do now.
|My style or manner of expression is an ever-changing image that grows simpler, and visually more accessible to the viewer. I am in a constant activity with respect to one or the other of my artistic expressions. Like prayer, it is now an entirely integrated part of my personal and professional commitment.|