Statement

My paintings are amateurish but earnest expressions of my Christian faith. The themes are traditional for Christian art, such as the Nativity and Crucifixion, but the compositions are unconventional.  Hopefully their unconventionality makes them interesting and not peculiar.

Most of my paintings are done with acrylics.  Lately I've been experimenting with making cardboard frames and painting borders on the canvas in lieu of wood frames.

The use of images of my paintings is free for personal, non-profit, or church-related purposes.  It is not my goal to profit financially from this artwork.  But if revenue develops, I intend to designate it for church or charity.  When I paint I think of it as similar to time spent in prayer or contemplation.

What would please me more than selling these paintings would be to find a church home for them, or another public institution, where the congregation or the public would see them.  In that case, I would be happy to donate the painting.

It seems to me that what we look at will be on our mind; what is on our mind will work it's way into our heart;  and what is in our heart will influence our actions.

Paul McCartney of the Beatles sang, "I wanna fill the world with silly love songs. What's wrong with that, I'd like to know." I would like to fill my little part of the world with my silly love paintings.

Here are some quotes that resonate with me on the connection between faith and art.

"My soul can find no staircase to Heaven unless it be through Earth's loveliness." - Michelangelo

"Art, for me, is and was my digging tool for Meaning, for Truth..." - Frederick Franck

"Art is exercise for the heart." - John Lithgow