In 1999 we fulfilled a lifelong dream in journeying to
Jerusalem. Entering the tomb of Jesus was a deeply moving
experience. Since there was a large crowd, we were allowed
perhaps half a minute inside. But that was time enough
for me to absorb the feeling of pure light. I was enveloped
in a hushed aura, as though I were the only one present,
alone with Jesus’ spirit and the soft, gentle and
No photos. No sketches on-site. I did a few quick drawings,
wrote a few notes. But I didn’t know how to convey
my experience in paint. A few months later, the painting
just “came to me” one morning. The story was
to be the all-embracing light. I did the painting in about
one hour. Actually, I feel that it really painted itself,
I was just an agent.
The painting now hangs in the chapel of our parish church,
St. Augustine’s Episcopal Church in Wilmette Illinois.