Artwork > Sacred Spaces

I am always drawing myself hand over hand, along the common thread that runs through us all, every soul, everywhere. In this series it has led me on a fascinating journey, exploring American places of worship, places we go to focus on the seemingly universal human need to renew our connection with something greater than our physical selves. In them and around them, we draw close, reaching outward to form a community and inward to heal and understand ourselves, and each other.

Energy bursts from these canvases, just as the space between forms explodes past its boundaries and overwhelms the lines attempting to contain it. I use ocher and white to make a connection through time to the earliest paintings on bodies and walls that were spiritual works both in process and product. The vigorous application of thick oil paint retains the mark of every bristle of the brush and declares its authenticity as an object created by the human hand, created just as these places of worship were, to condense and channel the experience of the sacred.

Saint Andrew's Dune Church, New York
Oil on Canvas
72x72 Inches
2008
Chuang Yen Monastery, New York
Oil on Canvas
72x72 Inches
2008
Hindu Temple of Chicago, Illinois
Oil on Canvas
36x36 Inches
2008
Mohegan Congregational Church, CT
Oil on Canvas
72x36 Inches
2009
Marjorie Powell Allen Chapel, Missouri
Oil on Canvas
72x72 Inches
2008
Enmanji Buddhist Temple, California
Oil on Linen
36x30 Inches
2008
Interdenominational Chapel, Massachusetts
Oil on Canvas
36x36 Inches
2008
First Presbyterian Church, Connecticut
Oil on Canvas
72x72 Inches
2008
Brigham City Tabernacle, Utah
Oil on Canvas
72x36 Inches
2008
Union Church, New York
Oil on Canvas
72x72 Inches
2008
Islamic Cultural Center of New York
Oil on Canvas
72x72 Inches
2008
Central Synagogue, New York
Oil on Canvas
72x72 Inches
2008
Kiva, Pueblo Bonita, New Mexico
Oil on Canvas
36x36 Inches
2008
Serpent Mound, Ohio
Oil on Linen
24x30 Inches
2008