In my religious art, I attempt to be faithful to the Second Council of Nicea, which stated: The composition of religious imagery is not left to the initiative of artists, but is formed upon principles laid down by the Catholic Church and by religious tradition... The execution alone belongs to the painter; the selection and arrangement of subject belong to the Fathers.
Seeing in the art of the Middle Ages a faithful and vigorous expression of that tradition, I draw much of my inspiration from medieval illuminated manuscripts, incunabula, panel paintings, and tapestries. I am especially concerned with the symbolic and geometric aspects of this art.
My religious art is also influenced by Celtic ornament, the Arts & Crafts movement, microbiological imagery, Japanese woodblock prints, and Persian miniatures. By combining medieval principles with different artistic forms, I hope to demonstrate their universal and continued relevance.
My notable projects include the illustrations for the 2011 edition of the Roman Pontifical; and the ongoing Summula Pictoria, a cycle of more than 200 drawings that depict major events of the Old and New Testaments.
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