Jerusalem Stations of the Cross

In 2011, I made all 15 Stations of the Cross paintings for Ecclesia Church. All paintings are 36″x24″ acrylic on wood.

Artist Statement

I don’t know what to tell you.

When I sat down to paint these paintings, this is what came out. Something much different than what I had planned.

All 15 in 3 days.

I had planned on doing something very figurative. Then our friend got sick and we contemplated heaven together. Then she died and went there. Then my grandfather died and joined her. Then I went to Jerusalem and walked the path Jesus walked when he was crucified and died. Then I came home and I sat at my easel with these surfaces in front of me. Something was ready to come out.

A lot of this is influenced by the visual aesthetics of Jerusalem. The ancient stone. The graffiti. The bright deep layered colors. The multiple languages adorning every souvenir shop and roadway sign. The historical routes and stopping points of Holy Forefathers. Sectioned religious groups all packed together in one little city. It’s a pretty amazing place and I can see all the little details of that trip surfacing in this work.

Usually Stations of the Cross paintings are figurative. The purpose is to help us imagine Jesus’ journey to death. These paintings are obviously abstract by nature (despite the titles being translated into Hebrew and Arabic).  So let me offer a way to walk through these works:

-Please engage them emotionally more than logically.

-Remember that Jesus lived among the colors, textures, and layers of this world.

-Remember He did not speak English.

-Remember He did not walk to His death in the U.S., but Jerusalem.

-Ask the Holy Spirit to walk with you through these works.

I hope you enjoy them as much as I do. Often art making is an unemotional process of aligning aesthetical elements. Sometimes its about listening to what wants to exist. This was definitely a listening journey and I feel the great benefactor of bringing these images to reality.