During the season of Lent we often look to the cross for meaning. Over the years I have made and sold many different types of crosses. In my studio it is probably one of the most popular items for people to buy, when they are looking for a gift to share. One of the crosses
Old Testament and New Testament characters dominate this piece with the root of Jesse rising up bringing forth the Savior’s birth. We are led up the mountain of the Lord with our Ancestors who also ascended the mountain of faith to give glory to God. These signs of Community are central to how and where
This carving shows us that nothing will separate us from the love of Christ. Through the cross of suffering we are brought into the mercy of God. We stand united in our common struggle, witnessing that all works together for those who love Christ.
“There is no cross, big or small, in our life, which the Lord does not share with us.” Pope Francis “Where the cross is, there Christ is near.” Blessed Theresa Gerhardinger Weave our crosses into our life. This is a cross that was made from
In the month of March we celebrate one of the feast days of Saint Joseph. Joseph is a figure from the Gospel stories, the husband of Mary, the Mother of Jesus. He is known
Today, Feb.2, is the feast day of the Presentation of Jesus in the temple. A few years back I carved the Seven Sorrows of Mary and this actually is the first sorrow. Jesus is between Simeon and Mary.
Happy New Year ! I hope it will be a great year for all of you. Today is also a day to pray for World Peace. I thought that this carving would be an appropriate one for this day, to get us reflecting on peace and what our role is in seeing its fulfillment. The
During the Advent Season, which we are in, we celebrate many aspects of Mary's life. One of the feast days that come up in this month
This woodcut invites us to spend time with what it is that has become our darkness in life and birth it into the light. We each enter into different darkness but the outcome is the same. Breaking through it is our only means to light.I made this woodcut originally while I was in Germany after
In 1994 I was privileged to study in Stuttgart, Germany with a well known and respected artist in carving and woodcuts. Sister Sigmunda May, OSF welcomed me into her space to share her knowledge and love of art with me. I arrived in Stuttgart on September 29 and kept a journal of my adventures and
In 1181 Francis of Assisi was born in Assisi, Italy. He died at the age of 45, on October 3,1226. What is important and remembered about Francis is that he taught all of us the importance of living with the touch of Jesus in our life. Francis discovered in his life the peace and joy
With the coming change of the fall season, I thought it would be good to enter into a piece I created. Nature carvings like this, always gets me in the mood of walking in the woods. Even though you do not see the colors changing on this piece, you can feel its playful connections to
August 28th is the day we celebrate St Augustine (354-430) Bishop and Doctor of the Church. He was born in Northern Africa and was not drawn to Christianity until he met and came under the influence of Bishop Ambrose in Milan. His mother Monica had always prayed for him that he would be converted and
Mary and Elizabeth join in a sacred moment of friendship, sharing the intimate news that will change both of their lives forever. We step into the scene and are refreshed by wonders beyond telling. Today, the story of the Visitation
I am showing only a portion of the log that I carved telling part of the history of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. The section that I am telling about shows the six who originally landed on July 31, 1847 on New York shores. On the morning of June 18,1847 Mother Theresa, our foundress,
The carving, “Through the Power,” is one that was inspired when I heard the readings in Rome of Pentecost a few years ago. The reading was read in Italian. While reading along in my book in English I realized
At this time of the year I cannot help but think of the farmers planting their crops. I am grateful for having grown up on a farm and witnessing the different stages of growth. Sowing involves throwing and pulling back. The hand continues in one uniform movement until all is distributed for growth. The action
Iris speak of newness in the air. They are special signs to me
This command was given to us at the Last Supper. We remember when the impression of a person lingers in our love like scent of incense. These images are always with us and continue pulling at our heart.
Last week I received a pleasant surprise in the mail. The Basilica of St Mary in Minneapolis, MN mailed me a 2013 and 2014 calendar. On the April page of the 2013 calendar my carving of the “Last Supper” appeared. On the beginning of the 2014 calendar on the December page