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Artist // Professional // Traditional Art
  • United States
  • Deviant for 13 years
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Theophilia - Meet the Artist Meme

To order prints or commissions, I can be reached at: theophilia.art@gmail.com.

I'm a native of the lovely Mitten State and the fifth out of eight children. I'm an avid reader and am particularly fond of ancient and medieval European history (and enjoy historical fiction of the same), as well as theology and philosophy, especially of the Thomistic and Aristotelian variety. Although primarily self-taught, I graduated from Eastern Michigan University in 2017 with a B.S. degree majoring in Art and minoring in Classical Studies (Latin, Ancient Philosophy, Greek and Roman history and the like).

In my artwork, I am principally inspired by the traditions of Catholic sacred art, along with the culture, history and art of the Middle Ages. The Catholic theological worldview of the Incarnation (the great drama of God Himself stepping into human history) elevates humanity and the whole of history into a glorious and epic narrative which fuels my passionate love for religious and historical subjects. This incarnational attitude is the reason that the human figure (especially that of the saints) plays such a central a role in all my artwork. I love to work with a variety of materials and art forms. Much of my portfolio consists of icons, landscape paintings, portraits, calligraphy, illuminations, wood-carving, pyrography, graphic novels, poetry, and short stories. The media I work with the most are ink and watercolors, though I also paint with acrylics and enjoy working with wood as well. In all my work, I delight in dense ornamentation, bright colors and vivid contrasts between light and dark (I love chiaroscuro!). I also like decorative elements of all sorts: designs, borders, and patterns, and pay particular homage to my love of gothic architecture and stained-glass windows. I work in a traditional, naturalistic style inspired by the paintings of late nineteenth-century artists, stained-glass windows, and traditional Byzantine and medieval iconography.

In my portraits, I take especial care in the rendering of the faces, and most especially the eyes (for "the eyes are the windows of the soul" as the great proverb says). I enjoy thoroughly researching my subjects before painting them. In my icons of the saints I try to convey their personality and spirituality through the use of symbolism, while also grounding them in the historical period in which they lived through accurate contemporaneous clothing, hairstyles, etc. The saints are universal and are for all times and places, but I've found that too often in artwork they are abstracted to the point of seeming like nothing more than vague mythological figures. I want to try to depict them as real, joyful, and alive, always ready to encourage and pray for their brothers who still struggle to fight the good fight. I aspire to create artwork that is a rich blend of theology, historically-grounded realism, symbolism, ornamentation, and transcendent goodness and truth through the beauty of the pieces I create. I want the viewer's eye to be captivated and drawn in so that they are led onward to contemplate the beauty of God and His creatures.

Some of my favorite artists include William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Viktor Vasnetsov, Edmund Blair Leighton, Frank Dicksee, Sandro Botticelli, Jan van Eyck, Alphonse Mucha, Edmund Dulac, Thomas Cole, Graham Turner, Mariusz Kozik, Augustus W. Pugin, Henryk Siemiradzki and the Limbourg Brothers (the artists of the wonderful Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry).


Favourite Visual Artist
William-Adolphe Bouguereau, Sandro Botticelli, Viktor Vasnetsov, Edmund Leighton, Lawrence Alma-Tadema, Edmund Dulac, Alphonse Mucha, Thomas Cole, Frank Dicksee, Jan van Eyck, and others...
Favourite Movies
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Lion in Winter, Becket, A Man for All Seasons, The Mummy, The Mummy Returns, The Prince of Egypt, and others...
Favourite Bands / Musical Artists
Enya, Jeremy Soule, Hans Zimmer, Kate Rusby, Azam Ali, Cappella Romana, Howard Shore, Josh Groban, Two Steps from Hell, and others...
Favourite Books
Lord of the Rings Trilogy, The Silmarillion, The Brothers Karamazov, Anna Karenina, With Fire and Sword, Theology and Sanity, Quo Vadis, Count Bohemond, Lady for Ransom, Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Anne of Green Gables, etc.
Favourite Writers
Shakespeare, J.R.R. Tolkien, Henryk Sienkiewicz, Peter Kreeft, G.K. Chesterton, C.S. Lewis, Alfred Duggan, Dostoevsky, Fulton Sheen, Frank Sheed, Homer, St. Alphonsus Liguori, St. Francis de Sales, Fr. Jacques Philippe, etc.
Favourite Games
Skyrim, Morrowind, Oblivion, Pharaoh/Cleopatra, Medieval II: Total War, Age of Empires II, Age of Mythology
Favourite Gaming Platform
PC
Tools of the Trade
Pencils, Paper, Computer, Scanner, Watercolor, Ink
Other Interests
God, the Catholic Church, Our Lady, the Eucharist, drawing, reading, writing, history, literature, languages, philosophy, theology, art, art history, etc.

Feast of the Annunciation and Pilgrimage 2020!

Feast of the Annunciation and Pilgrimage 2020!

Blessed Among Women by Simon Dewey "The Archangel was sent from Heaven to cry 'Rejoice!' to the Theotokos. And beholding You, O Lord, taking bodily form, he stood in awe, and with his bodiless voice he cried aloud to her such things as these: Rejoice, you through whom joy shall shine forth! Rejoice, you whom the curse will vanish! Rejoice, the Restoration of fallen Adam! Rejoice, the Redemption of the tears of Eve! Rejoice, O Height beyond human logic! Rejoice, O depth invisible even to the eyes of Angels! Rejoice, for you are the King's throne! Rejoice, you bear Him, Who bears the universe! Rejoice, O Star revealing the Sun! R
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Nice art. Keep it up.

TheophiliaProfessional Traditional Artist

Thank you!

you inspired me so much

God bless

TheophiliaProfessional Traditional Artist

:tehe:

joebev910 Digital Artist

How are you

TheophiliaProfessional Traditional Artist

Doing alright, you?

joebev910 Digital Artist

how are you