I set out to launch a YouTube video series… I expected to learn history, theology, and artistic techniques, but right out of the gate, I was challenged on my approach to faith itself.Read More
Introducing the new Paradise Found Studio video series on YouTube. It will be a mix of artist-to-artist interviews, tours of sacred art at churches and museums, and exploration of art techniques. Basically a geeks guide to sacred art, techniques, styles, symbology, theology, and history.Read More
I decided to create a 2-page comic on a given saint every week of Lent. Keep in mind I’m a pretty busy guy, managing an online art studio, a day job marketing industrial chemicals, and the spare moment with my family.Read More
There comes a time in every project where you have to wrap up the planning and get started. Any creative person, whether artist or writer, I have ever talked to has been able to relate to the terror of facing down a blank sheet, canvas, or in this case plywood.Read More
Every journey has a beginning, and this post takes you through the initial steps of planning the San Damiano Crucifix mosaic, starting with the research into the original.Read More
Like most Internet-savy marketers, I use Google to dig a little deeper on subjects, so I looked up the churches from his paintings and found a surprise. Some of these churches were sold by the Diocese and re-purposed, so worship spaces made way for condos, and the the magnificent alters and stained glass removed and sold. While Richard’s images are beautiful in their own right, they are also time capsules of church interiors never to be seen again.Read More
I like to create fast artwork. My watercolor engravings tend to take 2-3 hours from start to finish. When oil painting, I prefer to knock out a canvas in 1 or 2 weekends. It might be because I’m busy and tired from my day job marketing industrial chemicals. Most likely, though, it has more to do with my attention span. So how I got involved with a 30” wide mosaic, covered with over 6,000 tiles (by my best estimate), taking 6-weeks, and over 100 hours is anyone’s guess.Read More
When examining Leonardo’s life, a comparison with his contemporary, Michelangelo Buonarroti, is almost inevitable. The contrasts are fascinating to consider. Leonardo was hyper-analytical and a perfectionist, so left artwork unfinished and spent decades working on his masterpieces like the “Mona Lisa”. Michelangelo, on the other hand, was very prolific, finishing “Pietà” and “David” in his early twenties, and continuing to be very productive throughout his life.Read More
A few months ago, after I “boosted” a Facebook post to reach a broader audience, I was challenged by someone claiming Paradise Found Studio promotes idolatry. It was respectfully written, so I took it as a sincere concern for my soul and those of my patrons. Looking at this site, it isn’t hard to guess where I fall on the topic. I struggled on whether or not I should respond, or just delete the post. I decided to delete, which I’m not sure what the right thing to do. What follows is my response for all to read…Read More
As you might expect, there is a story behind my store name Paradise Found Studio, and the stunning logo featuring the Archangel Michael. It all started early 2014 at an antique store along the historic Route 66 in Amarillo, TX. I walked by a tattered antique copy of Milton’s Paradise Lost that was in too bad of shape to be worth anything, so it was tied with twine to make a decorative piece.Read More
The Paradise Found Studio online art gallery includes a number of contemporary Christian influenced artists. Art prints of their specific pieces featured here are exclusive to Paradise Found Studio LLC, so only available at this website. They are a talented bunch that I'm proud to introduce to you...Read More
As you go through the gallery at Paradise Found Studio, the diversity of subjects, styles and media might throw you for a loop. What is a collection of NASA Hubble deep space photos doing in the same gallery as Renaissance Christian paintings, or paintings from Impressionist greats like Claude Monet?
I wish I could give you a nice tidy answer, but art is a messy, subjective business. As the name suggests, images are supposed to be various representations of "paradise".Read More
The great Saint John Paul II stated in his 1999 "Letter to Artists":
" ...you have admired the work of your inspiration, sensing in it some echo of the mystery of creation with which God, the sole creator of all things, has wished in some way to associate you. "
He is talking to you, me and all artists. We have a responsibility, a vocation really, to make the best use our talents to bring people closer to God's glory. The mission of Paradise Found Studio LLC is to facilitate this with a website that brings together all types of beautiful and inspirational Christian and spiritual art.Read More