Parishioner Series A self-reflective collection of religious community-based portraiture.

Artist Statement

Research & Process

This eight-panel segmented portrait borders on the abstract, and is covered with Biblical text from the Book of Revelation.

Paths Unto the Dead
An acrylic and varnish painting on canvas featuring a portrait of Mrs. Helen Higgins. The text refers to the Proverbs 2:18 passage — For her house inclineth unto death, and her paths unto the dead.

Beware of Evil Works
This acrylic and varnish painting features a portrait of Mr. Clarence Meyer, and integrates the Biblical passage Philippians 3:2 — Beware of dogs, beware of evil workers, beware of the concision.

Every Eye Shall See
Featuring a portrait of Mrs. Alma Geason, this acrylic and varnish painting contains text from the Biblical verse Revelation 1:7 — Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

Collective Parishioners, 1 – 4
Utilizing the concept that people of a similar belief system are unified, I visually represented the idea literally — by taking facial features from many parish members and combining them into a single finished portrait.

Collective Parishioners, 5 — 7
Similar in concept to Collective Parishioners 1 – 4, although created in black and white only. The center painting is 40 x 40 inches, flanked by two 24 x 24 inch canvases.

Carl & Garrett
Most works in the series utilize neutral or black and white color palettes. However, a few pieces, including this pair of 40 x 40 inch acrylic paintings, have vibrant color usage, which help to create really interesting visual relationships during larger exhibitions.

Exhibition Images
A collection of gallery and museum images taken during solo Parishioner Series exhibitions.

The Artful Doubter
Larry Kensington interviews Tom Davie for NPR (WDPR Radio).