"Sacred Heart of Jesus" is a contemporary icon. The artist, C D Smith, has taken characteristics of traditional iconography (ie: the flat, patterned, shapes of color combined with shaded flesh tones) and interpreted them with realism and contemporary abstract painting. The figure of Christ he developed using the Shroud of Turin, Christ Pantocrator, and other ancient icons as reference. The Greek letters, Alpha and Omega, indicate the divinity of Christ, who appears to glow, as the "Light of the World;" and rays of His Divine Mercy pour forth from His pierced heart. Spiritual benefits associated with devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus are numerous.
Smith Catholic Art is a family art studio and apostolate begun in 2001. It is in part a response to Pope John Paul II's 1999 Letter to Artists and is our endeavor to make visual some of the beauty and richness of our Catholic faith.
The primary goal of Smith Catholic Art is to create beautiful, contemporary, Catholic art - honoring and building on tradition, relevant and aware of current sensibilities, always in accordance with Church Teaching, and created for love of God and our faith. In addition to this, we work to create new alliances and build dialogue through our website, blog, and direct contact.
Our focus is original artwork - primarily painting and drawing. We happily make prints available of some of our pieces, but we...
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