My Philosophy

My philosophy of art is viscerally and intellectually related to what is the human purpose. It has inspired me to embrace Christianity in its fuillest and most vibrant form, Catholicism. It is no accident that the most beautiful and intellectually satisfying art of all time is Catholic and deals with this human purpose.
It is also not from happenstance that a full philosophy of life is contained in the greatest writers in Church history, people such as St. Augustine, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Teresa of Avila, Edith Stein (St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross), Dietrich von Hildebrand, to name a few. It is within the work of these geniuses that one finds the answers the modern world seeks after and has left behind in its mad dash for control over nature.
But pointing out modern foibles, that is the pervue of philosophers. My job is to make art, and in the Blog section you will find how I develop prints and updates on new prints that are part of Le Suite Gesu 2015, which debuts at Easter of that year.
I also am committed to equine art. Horses are about the most beautiful of God’s creatures, and we have a lot of them in Florida. I like to go to the racetrack to take photos of thoroughbreds. I don’t gamble, but horse racing is great to watch. I work up some of what I shoot into watercolors and drawings, which are available for purchase and commisions.

My goal in creating Le Suite Gesu is to take the best of my experience as a perennial student of art and as a thinker, and try to use the last phase of my life as a artist to create something that is infused with both the classical tradition of theism, the classical tradition of art, and the best of what has occurred in the modern era. It’s an ambitious project, but I’m ready for it.

I came within an inch of getting killed on August 7th of last year, so it has taken until now, moving into the summer of 2016, to get back in the saddle, so to speak. I’m retiring from teaching, so it works out, getting back into the studio and making prints, paintings, and drawings. UPDATE: None of that worked out, as usual. Right now I’m working on a graphic novel. Up to page 95 on the day before Easter, 2019. Long road. I’m semi-retired now, completely from high school and doing college a few days a week. 

Layout sketch for page 31 of new comic book.

Even though I’m leaving the following from 2014 in here, I’ve paused on Le Suite Gesu. I have time to finish it up. I have an etching press and all the copper I need.

Starting in the Lenten Season of 2014, I plan to release an introductory set of ten etchings on the theme of Jesus Christ, the Blessed Virgin, and the Communion of Saints: Le Suite Gesu. Over a ten year period I will create 100 intaglio prints extolling Christ. The prints are available as individual works as they are released, or as discounted sets of ten for that year, beginning this year of 2014. The sets come shipped in an archival clamshell box with metal corners to protect your collection.

Twenty years ago, I left printmaking behind because of the toxicity of the materials. One could get around these things if you used water-based ink and stuck to woodcuts, but I didn’t go that way, and with other health issues bugging me, I wasn’t taking any chances.
However, the field of intaglio has changed, as these concerns were not confined to myself. Creative people have solved the major issues of the medium, and even though not every problem is completely solved, with sound practices, one can safely return to etching. I use some weird techniques, like vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and kosher salt to etch copper. My logic is that if you can eat it, it can’t be too bad. I use acrylic grounds from Lascaux. I’m quite happy with their selection of hard, wash, and soft grounds. They give exactly the same results toxic grounds do. The wash ground is completely original to Lascaux, and though difficult to control, wow! I do my etching baths out in the open air, which is possible year-round in Florida. I started this project using ferric chloride, but decided against it, as I can replenish my supplies from the grocery store, and the ingredients are not poisionous.