Although titled religious subjects not all the content is pertaining to religion but to attitudes towards others. I have used religious icons to demonstrate attitudes, sometimes of neglect, sometimes of wanton disregard for others. Most of the imagery tells a story, but it is presented in abstract form.
‘‘Only the Doctor hears the screams. Gouache on paper. 1994’’
Here the cross represents the dramatic and bloody surgeries that Surgeons perform. The screams are silent to all except the surgeons/doctors who see their agonies in their medical machinery.
‘‘People walk by the door, they never seem him, but they nearly always are. Gouache on paper. 1994’’
Here the cross is represented by an addiction, in this case to the fruit of the Opium poppy. The people that pass by not only shut him from their sight but also shut themselves with their own addictions from their sight, hence they never seem him.
‘‘Acrylic paint on plywood, 24 inches by 36 inches. An abstract image of Christ's pain upon crucifixion. 1996. Extant but location unknown.’’
Not an actual crucifixion but a representation of the pain and angst experienced by Jesus on the cross. So deep is the agony he suffered that he cried out as human to God asking why he had been abandoned. Although not seen explicitly the image of the cross repeated multiple times is also in this image.
‘‘Archangel Michael at the Red Sea. Pencil on board. 1995’’
The appearance and physical terror of Arch Angel Micheal’s presence is made clear in this imagery. The sight of him frightened the life out of the Egyptian army, quite literally, represented by the appearance of small ghost like apparitions leaving their head. The tears Micheal sheds burn their flesh while the spinning swords tear their flesh. Other angels are present and also have fearful aspects to their visage.
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Joseph Mary, and Jesus, and their flight into Egypt. 40 inches by 36 inches. Oil on Canvas, 1987, whereabouts unknown.’’
For a long time this was one of my larger works. It's whereabouts are unknown. I depicted the baby Jesus as walking himself and coloured blue. Halos are present as is the triangle that represents the intellectual, spiritual, and physical attributes of their humanity.
‘‘Mary in the desert. 24 inches by 30 inches. Oil on canvas, 1996 Extant.’’
In this image we see Mary alone in prayer while crossing the great desert that separates Palestine from Egypt. She is fearful in such moments, whereas when with the child Jesus she is not.
‘‘Mary and Jesus in Egypt. 24 inches by 30 inches. Oil on canvas, 1996 Extant.’’
Mary and Jesus are seen walking together in an Egyptian city, ephemeral creatures dog their progress through the city. A Flight into Egypt could also refer to a retreat into a spiritual sanctuary and occasionally the metaphor of Egypt has been used by other artists and writers. It was therefore not necessarily an actual physical flight away from the evil King of Israel, although the two could by synonymous. The young Jesus is pictures as blue the same imagery used in Hindu images of sacred and potent beings.
‘‘Nativity, Gouache on paper, 1994 Extant.’’
A nativity scene using characters mentioned in books that attended this event. It is not any old nativity but the nativity of Yeshua ben Yusef (Jesus). The stories Shepherds, Wise Men, Innkeeper, and angels are all present. The angel lies in repose on the roof. On the horizon is Christianities arch enemy Satan I did not suppose he was not in attendance. Compelled by divine ordination this birth would have all the players in the game in attendance whether or not they are mentioned in the New Testament. In this image the star actually touches the ground. In this image the baby Jesus is not blue.