Sunday, December 19, 2010
Peace and Blessings to You and Yours!
I am humbled and honored to have recently completed the official portrait of the Most Reverend Alexander K. Sample, Bishop of the Diocese of Marquette. Bishop Sample was more than generous with his time, which allowed me to make a good start on a work from life. But after several months and attending a number of meetings where he was present, I came to the decision to do a second portrait. This was based on the fact that I felt I had gotten to know the Bishop on a more personal level. The first portrait had a more "stern" countenance, whereas the second reflects a more peaceful serenity that I believe is truer to his real nature. It's my understanding that this portrait will eventually hang in the Perpetual Adoration Chapel in St. Peter Cathedral, alongside portraits of all of the Bishops who have served in the Diocese of Marquette, Michigan -- all the way back to Bishop Baraga, who dedicated the Cathedral in 1866.
Bishop Sample didn't want this portrait done. I, along with others, explained that it is not a vanity issue, but a legacy to leave for the people of his Diocese. It's an important painting -- probably the most important painting I will ever have done. I thank God for the gift I have been given, and hope that in sharing it, you will be blessed. Merry Christmas!