Curator's Statement
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The Artists

  Connie Backus-Yoder
  Joyce Caggiano
  Deborah A. Cantwell
  Mary Anne Carley
  Osuna Miguel Conesa
  James D. Curtis
  Kelly Daniels
  Barbara Desrosiers
  Cathy Gibbons
  Joel Haas
  Jenna Higgins
  C. Robin Janning
  Caroline Kramer
  Marcia Landry
  Jeanelle McCall
  Judith McManis
  Romney O. Nesbitt
  Margaret A. Parker
  Donna Rathert
  Lynn Runnells
  Deborah Scarff
  Suzanne Schleck
  Janet Strickler
  Susan Tilt
  Vanessa Wells
  Tracy Williams
  Copyright Statement
  The Two Mary's: Mary when Jesus was born and Mary when Jesus died

The Rev. Dr. James D. Curtis

My entry in this Exhibition is "The Two Mary's: Mary when Jesus was born and Mary when Jesus died." The approach used was "Spiritual Watercolor Veiling," an approach in which the artist applies 18 - 20 light washes of only 4 colors, letting each one dry before the next one is applied. At that point, the artist looks for what he is painting, having had no topic or vision in mind at the beginning of the process. I realized that I was painting Mary, in fact, two Mary's! I had just finished offering a class on Henry Nouwen's book, "Jesus and Mary: finding our sacred center." The book had deeply affected me and gave me a fresh and deep interest in Mary. It was not surprising, then, that I was unconsciously painting Mary. I applied at least 30 more washes, letting each one dry, until the painting was complete and these two dimensions of the mother of Jesus were evident.


I have been painting for the past 15 years, having taken a watercolor course offered in my former parish, Grace Church, Chattanooga, TN. I paint only in watercolors and water media. I have been in numerous workshops but have never had formal training.
For the past 6 Springs, I have been Chaplain to the Kanuga Watercolor Conference of 200 artists and 15 instructors from this and other countries.

For the 2004-2005 academic year, I received a fellowship as a Procter Scholar to the Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA, and served there as Artist in Residence.
I have had solo invitational shows in Cambridge, MA, New York City, Atlanta, Ga, Memphis, TN, and Washington, D.C. I have paintings in residences and businesses throughout this country and abroad.

I now see that my ministry and vocation are to be a watercolorist, and I am currently preparing for two new shows in Atlanta. The focus of my art and my passion is Spirituality and the Visual Arts.

The Rev. Dr. James D. Curtis

Email: jcurtis3@bellsouth.net
Parish: St. Bartholomew's Church, Atlanta, Georgia





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