ARTISTS

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The Virgin Mary of Smolensk

May cover

Our cover artist, Janusz Charczuk, was featured in our December 2012 issue. He is originally from Poland, where he graduated from the Technical University of Gdansk with a Master’s in Architecture. His studies encompassed the fine arts, including the principles of architectural forms, composition, freehand drawing, painting, sculpture, and the history of art. Janusz immigrated to Canada in 1985, where he worked as an architect, and began painting icons about fifteen years ago. His work, which is available for purchase, ... (Continue reading)

The Gates of Hell

April cover

Katerina Walker was born in Calgary, Alberta and is the oldest of four children. She attended a French school until grade four, when she began homeschooling. Homeschooling fostered her passion for art, literature, and history, and she continued studying liberal arts at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy, where she graduated with a concentration in History. She currently lives in Calgary with her husband Nathan and her dog, and is working for the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. What is ... (Continue reading)

Crucifixion

Cover

Our March 2014 cover artist, Joseph Ferrant, is the sixth of eight children. He is currently studying English and Theatre at Redeemer University and is a student at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom. He has been drawing for quite a long time, and has studied art formally at the Academy of Realist Art in Toronto. What is this piece about? As much as I would love to claim some sort of thematically deep ideal behind the work, it is pretty ... (Continue reading)

January Thaw, Bluffer’s Park, Lake Ontario

Cover

Francis Joseph Dvorak is an artist, art restorer and teacher. He studied philosophy at the University of Toronto, and painting in the atelier of Michael John Angel in Florence, Italy. He painted many commissioned murals and portraits, including the portrait of Cardinal Ambrozic, and Archbishop Spence of Kingston, Ontario. During the Year of the Family, his oil-tempera painting of the “Holy Family” was exhibited at the Royal Ontario Museum. Currently represented by John A. Libby Fine Art, Toronto, Francis is ... (Continue reading)

Zachariah

Cover

Our January artist, Justin Jensen, studied illustration at Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design. After graduation, he traveled through Europe and decided there was an amazing potential for beauty in art. He decided to continue studying painting at Colorado State University. He currently teaches online at RMCAD and is collaborating with a friend on illustrating a children’s book about the Eucharist. What is this piece about? This is a depiction of Zachariah—the father of St. John the ... (Continue reading)

A Christmas Carol

December 2013 cover

Our December artist, Ben Hastings, is the sixth of ten children and was raised in Texas hill country and grew to adulthood in Alaska. He was baptized Catholic at fourteen and studied the liberal arts and the fine arts in college. He is thirty-three and currently living in North Carolina where he earns a living at the supermarket and works privately on art. Ben’s art can be seen at etsy.com/shop/TheBullandtheBristle. What is this piece about? This drawing illustrates a scene from A ... (Continue reading)

St. James the Greater

September 2013 cover

Our September artist Andrew Wilson Smith is a freelance sculptor and stone carver, working in a variety of media including cast bronze, plaster, and stone. Mr. Smith has completed a number of sculpture commissions in both sacred and secular settings. In addition to his work as an artist, Mr. Smith is deeply involved in teaching and promoting Liberal Arts education. Beginning in the fall of 2013, Mr. Smith will number himself among the founding faculty of Gregory the Great Academy, ... (Continue reading)

St. Therese

October 2013 cover

Our October artist Sheila Diemert is an artist living and working in Kitchener, Ontario. She enjoys creating art that is uplifting and positive and paintings that have meaning for the owners: portraits of people they know and love or places they have been to or hope to visit one day. She paints flora, landscapes, portraits, and still lifes. What is this piece about? St. Thérèse said, “I will spend my heaven doing good on earth” and “I will let fall from heaven ... (Continue reading)

Poppies

November 2013 cover

Our November cover artist, Sheila Diemert, lives and works in Kitchener, Ontario. She enjoys creating art that is uplifting and positive and paintings that have meaning for the owners: portraits of people they know and love or places they have been to or hope to visit one day. She paints flora, landscapes, portraits, and still lifes. Sheila was previously featured on our October 2013 cover. (Continue reading)

Cathedral

Castellino

Our July/August 2013 cover artist is Jonathan Castellino, a hobby urban archaeologist and photographer based in the city of Toronto. His photographs document the intersection of built environment and cultural landscape as it speaks to the social imagination. While focusing primarily on contemporary urban ruins, his work also tends to take a broader perspective, examining the place and meaning of these spaces in urban life. What is this piece about? This photograph is part of a series entitled “empty.vessels.” The circumstance of the ... (Continue reading)

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