“…and so I tell you, Peter: you are a rock, and on this rock foundation I will build my church, and not even death will ever be able to overcome it. I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of heaven; what you prohibit on earth will be prohibited in heaven, and what you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.” (Matthew 16:18-19)
Artistically I have tried through composition and subject matter to place St. Peter in the center of his mission, striving in the style of the carving to impart a feeling of the harmony brought to him through the gift of the Holy Spirit. In his countenance as a man I have attempted to show his strength and vulnerability as well as the dynamic quality of his inspiration.
St. Francis lived in the Holy Spirit
He was in love with life and all of God’s Creation.
He brought the Light of Christ to a darkened world!
In a Gothic arch, a sign of the times in which he lived, St. Francis stands among the fallen and broken timbers of the abandoned San Damiano Church, scattered building blocks at his feet and the Cross of Damiano above, surrounded by his beloved birds and animals: the doves, songbirds, the lamb and the wolf symbolizing peace and harmony… the wolf tamed and throating harmony to Francis’ melody played on his lute and sung as Prayer.