The Dominican Arts and Artists project collaborates with a number of different artists who use different mediums, techniques and perspectives in their work but share the same goal of leading others to God through their work. We are are grateful to each of them for sharing their gifts with us.
Fr. Cristóbal Torres Iglesias, O.P. is a self-taught illustrator and painter. His work in recent years has explored the fusion of image and narrative in the history of sacred art, and has such wide-ranging influences as Eastern and Western Christian iconography, Ibero-American and Afro-Cuban popular religiosities, and sequential storytelling in the comic book medium. Fr. Cristóbal views sacred art as a visual theological narrative that reflects the artist’s critical engagement of his subject matter and more importantly, bears to others the fruits of contemplation. Fr. Cristóbal hopes his work will stimulate observers’ engagement of their own questions, even as it invites them to fall ever more deeply into God.
Peggy Williams has been an artist since childhood and began watercolor painting while living in Singapore and studying under two renowned, master painters. She studied fine art in college and has studied at the Glassell School of Art in Houston, The Art League and the Corcoran College of Art & Design in DC. As well as working as a professional artist in oil, acrylic and watercolor, she is both a sculptor and porcelain painter.
“Silent stone figures and regal bronze sculptures entice me into thier eternal world. Through their gracious strength and physicality, I discover life and movement. The paradox of changing surfaces on motionless yet resolute statues challenges me to discover their timeless narrative. It is their fluid relationship to meaing, time and identity that drives the narrative of my painting.”
Peggy’s work has been exhibited in galleries, corporations, homes and churches in Singapore, Hong Kong, Shanghai, London, New York, Houston, Dallas, and Washington, DC. She moved to the Washington, DC area from Houston in 2005 and currently resides in Virginia.
Deborah Griffin is a well-known creative force in South Florida where she has been painting for thirty-one years. She earned a Fine Arts degree at the University of Florida, while working in the fashion industry. She has traveled and studied extensively throughout the United States and Europe.
Deborah’s need to create has been expressed in many forms. In addition to her oil paintings and mixed media art works, she has become internationally known to the interior design trade as the owner of Starshine Studio, where she and her talented staff produce custom, hand-painted fabrics and wallcoverings, do decorative painting techniques, and create commissioned artworks.
Among her clients are such famous and varied names as Bill Cosby, Andrew J. McKelvey, Kenny Rogers, retired N.Y. Senator Lloyd Newcombe, the late King Hussein and Queen Noor, Don Johnson, and Dionne Warwick.
She has designed fabrics, papers and wall techniques for fine homes, yachts, cruise lines, and airplanes for many prestigious design firms around the world. Closer to home Starshine Studio was commissioned to paint the entry mural in the much-acclaimed Museum of Discovery and Science in Fort Lauderdale, Swig Martini Bar in Weston, Victoria’s Secret in BalHarbour, The Country Club at Heron Bay, and others too numerous to mention.
Pam’s work is in response to images that appear in her mind, always in color. As she works to capture the images on canvas, she realizes that the shapes and colors represent her in various spiritual stages. Sometimes her spirit is bound by the concerns of the world and other times it flies or dreams of flying to another universe of perfect harmony. The marks that she makes are the path of spiritual freedom that she experiences when she paints.
She has spent most of her career as an abstract artist, but her walks on the nature trail that lead to the Wolf River near her home inspired the “Wetlands” landscapes. The trees for her have come to symbolize spiritual transformation. Although they are bound by the earth, they reach for the light.
Br. Martin Erspamer, O.S.B., is a monk of St. Meinrad Archabbey in southern Indiana. He is a well-known liturgical artist and liturgical consultant. Br. Martin works in a wide range of media, including pottery, stained glass, and wood, and is nationally known for his illustration of sacred themes.