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A renovated chapel attached to the Emmanuel School of Mission in Paray Le Monial, France.
An adoration chapel attached to the parish of St Nizier in Lyon, France.
A miscellaneous group of art works commissioned for various churches.
The school's director wanted a chapel for the students that would be conducive to prayer and silence.
In New York, I sketched some ideas and worked with the priest until settling on this final design.
I added color to the walls to bring warmth to the space.
We decided to place an "Old Testament Trinity" icon on the wall behind the altar. I painted the icon in New York, then brought it to France, where I had the canvas stretched onto wood and placed above the altar. Here, I'm adding some final touches.
I use real gold whenever possible. Here I'm gilding the new tabernacle I designed for the space.
It's hard to see in this picture but the chapel altar and the icon altar share the same design, reflecting the unity of Heaven and Earth.
This is the primary sketch for the design of the chapel. By using a large scale icon I hoped to create an impact - that of being small and childlike. The gold and white represent the spiritual light of the Transfiguration.
... showing the scale.
The curved wall was a design decision to unify the existing niche in the room. I painted Mary in the niche, who is inclined towards Christ who perpetually gazes at the Father.