Art has played an important part in my life from my earliest years. My mother painted and was an inspiration to me.
At a very young age, I became interested in religious life and was drawn to the Daughters of St Paul whose mission is to use all media to spread the Gospel. At the turn of the last century, the Founder of the order, Blessed James Alberione, was inspired during an all night adoration at the cathedral in Alba Italy to follow the creative spirit of St Paul – the first apostle to use the written word for the proclamation of the Good News of Jesus – and begin a whole new family of religious congregations. Each of these, in different ways, respond to the needs of the world through a new, deep and rich “Pauline” spirituality that is lived out in communities, that share the fruits of active/contemplative life through a dedicated, creative, modern apostolic outreach to all people – using all media.
Drawn by Pauline spirituality and mission, I entered the Daughter of St Paul and have never been disappointed. My passion for art and any visual expression of the Good News creatively stretched out my boundaries, and still does to this day.
Though most of my artistic training has been on the fly, I was given the opportunity to study Fine Art at the Surrey Institute of Art & Design University College (now the University for the Creative Arts) in Farnham, England.
As a Daughter of St Paul, I work mainly in design and layout for printed publications and have also illustrated posters for children and created original paintings on the Parables of Jesus and the Sacred Mysteries.
Being engaged with the visual expression of the WORD, as St John Paul II says in his Letter to Artists, whether in print or paint – it is for me, an opportunity to reach beneath reality’s surface and work to interpret, express, its hidden mystery ... and to share that vision with others.
Photography has also been a means to further deepen my contemplative way of seeing. The camera is my teacher in this skill. My flickr photostream is a continued record of my visual journey.