Since 1997, I’ve been working on a series of art based on the less popular, but more interesting patron saints, angels and folk-heroes. (Francis and Michael are notable exceptions.) Each piece involves months of research and I found some of it so fascinating that I want to share it, so I’ve been building these sites – an ongoing, never-ending process. (I apologize for any missing/out-of date info. It could be a full-time job, but my art still comes first!) Please send us your own info – we’d be happy to link to your site if we feel it’s appropriate. (Actually, I’ve gotten inspiration from people who have contacted me – St. Gobnait and Brian Boru were results of people sharing their ideas. Also, I changed the colors on my Archangel Gabriel because of someone who had seen him.) To find out how The Hildegarden grew please visit Hildegard & Me.
If you’d like to know more about the origins of my inspiration and the process, please visit the About The Artist pages at Saints Preserved.
PS: Although I had Hildegard von Bingen on my Anachrons to-do list for over a decade, she always seemed too complex and daunting to tackle. There are many scholars, artists, musicians and spiritual seekers who have delved deeply into her persona; and I, barely touching the surface, certainly don’t count myself among them. Plus, she had her own artwork, which I love.
PatriArts Gallery is the name of our sales site. It’s mostly an online, “virtual” gallery, and we ship our pieces all over the world from the historic post office in the small town of Buchanan, Michigan. (Just across Lake Michigan from Chicago and just across the state line from University of Notre Dame.)
Our studio/workshop is on the “garden level” of a craftsman-style house which we’ve been renovating for several years; we welcome visitors, but it has to be by appointment only.
So please call or email us first to schedule a visit.
We’d hate for you to make a wasted trip!
Select pieces are available for sale at Fernwood Botanical Garden and Buchanan Art Center.
Click to read about Hildegard & Me and how this site came to be.