I AM THE WAY
Original Oil Painting
In the Spring of '73 an Angel handed me the smaller of the three photographs, the origins of which I do not know, to light my way through the dark shadows cast upon me by Evil. Years later, after completing three Crucifixion paintings, I was called upon to paint the Resurrection. How to do that seemed like an insurmountable task. That quest took me to the relics room of the Catedral de Santa Maria de la Sede (The Seville Cathedral in Spain) the largest Gothic Cathedral in the world where encased in a glass jar was a thorn from His crown. A few years later, in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, I viewed the tilma (cloak) of Saint Juan Diego, a Chicemeca Indian, where the Mother of God left a Miraculous Image of her appearance on his cloak in 1531, which still exists today for all to see. This took my journey to the Shroud of Turin in Italy and the exhaustive book list that took many years of reading and researching the path the Shroud took through history. Now I was ready to start working on the design composition phase for my painting. I chose a triangle as the basis for my composition incorporating the Robe of Christ and the disintegrating Roman armor. Around this time I received two more photographs, one in color, of "clouds" that I used to represent The Trinity. To date no other photograph has emerged. The final step was the slip of computer paper with John 14:6, the title of the painting that ties what took place in the past to the present. Note: on March 30th, 2013 new scientific tests date the Shroud to the era of Christ.