Back to pilgrimage. At St. Joseph's Oratory, Montreal, Quebec. Saint Brother Andre's enormous undertaking. The first chapel built in 1904, quickly became too small, expanded in 1908 and again in 1910. In 1917 a crypt large enough to hold 1000 people was inaugurated. Building continued although halting during the Great Depression of the world's largest sanctuary to St. Joseph. In 1936 a special meeting was called, snow and ice threatened to damage a roofless building. Brother Andre stated, "This is not my work: it is the work of St. Joseph. Place a statue of him in the middle of the building. If he wants a roof over his head, he'll see that one is provided." Within two months funds to complete the project were secured. Thousands of people asked Brother Andre for healing, through the intercession of St Joseph. Brother Andre died in 1937 at the age of 91. More than one million mourners attended his funeral. His body lies in a simple tomb inside the shrine now standing on Mount Royal. (Wonder if the use of the statue of St Joseph's in selling real estate might stem from miracles here?)
Began exhibiting prints and drawings in 1973. Studies under Naperville printmaker, Barbara A.Brien. Life mentor and teacher William Vose of Paw Paw, IL. Current member of Naperville Art League, La Grange Art League and Kendall Art Guild. Teacher of Art Appreciation in Yorkville School Districts. Teacher of children's art programs in Sandwich, Plano, Yorkville, Newark, Somonauk, Oswego and Aurora schools and park districts.
Three courageous grown children. Resides in Yorkville,IL.with a menagerie of rescued companions.
Using my practice of quick poses in life drawing, I opportune to experiment with colors and differing line textures to recreate quickly the effects of light on the spiritual essence of the human form. My intention is to pull the viewer into following line, breathing with it's form, knowing it's actual beauty.
Books I've been reading
Joy of Love by Pope Francis
Artist Rules by Christine Valters Paintner
On Writing by Stephen King
Printmaking on a Budget by Mandy Bonnell and Stephen Mumberson
Gifts From The Sea by Anne Morrow Lindbergh
Quiet by Susan Cain
The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron
Moving On by Sarah Ban Breathnach
Finding Your Way in a Wild New World by Martha Beck