When I started making abstract art in 2012, I knew right away that choosing to go into abstraction rather than realism was no accident.
From my earliest childhood, I remember daydreaming, playing alone rather than with family, being a huge reader, in other words being a thinker, an interior person.
What I didn’t realize until recently is that being an interior kind of person seems to have guided virtually all of my life! Who I married, how I related to our children, my faith life…they all appear to reflect this one central concept of being interior minded.
Raised a Roman Catholic, I fully embraced Catholicism at 22. (Who could miss that there had to be more to life than what we see?) At 26 I added Catholic Charismatic life to my faith experience. In 1995, at 45, a flat tire landed my family and me at St. Basil’s Byzantine Catholic Church in Irving, TX, where we had just moved. (Who knew this “chance encounter” would change our family’s life!) Expecting maybe different vestments and songs, I was dumbfounded by what I found!
Unlike the Roman Catholic Church which somehow lacked something I was looking for(hence the addition of the lively Charismatic dimension to my life), the Byzantine Church seemed positively sensual by way of its incense, candles, icons, chant (Everything is sung, even the scriptural readings), ritual, processions, frequent bows of reverence to the Trinity…
The more I read and experienced the Byzantine Cathlic Church the more I responded to its mystical roots, its emphasis on personal experience. The fact that Baptism, Chrismation (Confirmation), First Communion all take place at baptism in the BCC – the beautiful thinking being that the Church’s spiritual wealth, the full truth, should be shared with infants, not reserved to the age of reason, or in the case of Confirmation administered at 14 per Roman usage – struck me deeply. (In no way is this intended to be a pot shot at the Roman Church – simply sharing my personal thoughts and experience.)
22 years into being a Byzantine Catholic I see now that my being an interior person clearly predisposed me to the Byzantine Cathlic Church. In fact, I like to say I was born a Byzantine Catholic – I just didnt know it! (Btw, I say the same thing about being an abstract artist!)