Why Liturgical Art?

Liturgical Art should, theoretically, ‘work’ to enhance the experience of worshippers, leading them closer to the Holy. Architecture, Music, Dance and Visual Art have been part of our church environments since earliest times - serving as teacher, celebrant, admonisher - always attempting to engage people along their journey. When someone experiences a new element in their relation-ship to God, to fellow travelers, to the Creation or as an insight into their own soul - if Liturgical Art has helped foster that revelation, it has done it’s job.

In truth, my reasons for creating Liturgical Art are two-fold. Making visual images of Liturgical thoughts, ideas or inspiration that ‘come’ to me is personally fulfilling. At the same time, these images become a file cabinet full of drawings unless they are actually made into Liturgical objects for individuals and commu-nities who find them meaningful. For many years the need to share the inspiration-as-objects aspect drove me to create them at my own expense or by having the costs of materials covered by someone. In recent years individuals and congregations have sought me out to create for them Liturgical objects reflecting the unique qualities of each person/situation - and to be paid to do so. I am honored and humbled by these opportunities and seek prayerfully to fulfill each vision with authenticity.                                      

- an Artist’s Philosophy


I have always felt the elements of Liturgy to have an almost unexplainable quality, and that the arts address that emotional, other-than-rational, Spiritual need in just about everyone. Without the opportunity to honor all the qualities that make us human, and thus the children of God, we neglect some of the most valuable gifts of our Creator. Liturgical Art has always played an enormous role in this relationship.