Had it not been for the beautiful tradition of Catholic art in churches, religious painter Eric may not have the gift he has today. Growing up in a mining town of Ashley, Pennsylvania, Eric spent his childhood getting an art lesson every Sunday while his eyes traveled all around the interior of St. Leo Church. Today he is seen as one of today's most formidable ecclesiastical artists of liturgical artwork. His religious paintings, which are inspired by his training in Italy, emulate the great masters like Caravaggio and Rembrandt. Eric is an enigma in today's genre of classical realist and religious painters. Unlike his contemporaries, he doesn't simply aspire to paint a figure, he paints a moment, a human experience, and an emotional dialogue that transcends culture, religion, and time itself. Eric has been commissioned by churches and private collectors worldwide to create some of today's most dramatic and emotional sacred art works. His religious art work embraces the sacred church art of the past, before modern art began to chip away at the true aesthetic of Catholic art. Eric is a true living master, that understands his purpose here to create beautiful religious art with the talents he has been blessed with.
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A Word About Liturgical Art Work in the 21st Century by his Excellency Pope John Paul II
Some of the most profound callings for religious artwork came at the beginning of the 21st Century when Pope John Paul II offered this bit of advice to religious artists. Pope John Paul II said, "To all who are passionately dedicated to the search for new "epiphanies" of beauty so that through their creative work as artists they may offer these as gifts to the world." An appeal to artists - With this Letter, I turn to you, the artists of the world, to assure you of my esteem and to help consolidate a more constructive partnership between art and the Church. Mine is an invitation to rediscover the depth of the spiritual and religious dimension which has been typical of art in its noblest forms in every age. It is with this in mind that I appeal to you, artists of the written and spoken word, of the theatre and music, of the plastic arts and the most recent technologies in the field of communication. I appeal especially to you, Christian artists: I wish to remind each of you that, beyond functional considerations, the close alliance that has always existed between the Gospel and art means that you are invited to use your creative intuition to enter into the heart of the mystery of the Incarnate God and at the same time into the mystery of man.