Series - Divine Luminosity (Architecture)

Luminosity is described as the relative quantity of light, which is how I experience the Divine, my God, my Creator. Though I am a devout Anglican, I have been fascinated by all religions, and through reading extensively have found a pearl of universal wisdom. 

“The spiritual freedom we seek cannot be found by grasping at, retreating to, or protecting our perceived safe spaces. Our freedom lies in remaining open continuously, not only to Life’s changes but also to the Divine Light within us and others. This is our choice. Although often perceived as a weakness, being open and surrendering to the experience of the present moment is our greatest strength. By authentically living Life in the Now, we submit to Divine guidance where we find the freedom to see everything equally and sacred in Truth.” Peter Santos

Since ancient times, people have worshipped the sun or light. The Incas built a sun temple at Machu Picchu for their god Inti, the Japanese worshipping Amaterasu, and the Egyptians Ra. It is believed that the pyramids of Giza were aligned with the autumn equinox, and so too many more ancient places of worship. Churches, cathedrals, mosques, synagogues, and temples are all designed for light to enter the windows in order to create an emotional and spiritual atmosphere.

I love traveling, and when I do, it is customary for me to visit places of worship. I would allow myself to sit and experience the spirituality and bathe in the light, often overwhelmed and deeply emotional, feeling my soul expanding by the play of light and energy, always feeling the presence of God. If it’s a church or Cathedral, I would light a candle in remembrance of my parents. 

My passion for history, architecture, and spiritualism has led me to create this series on buildings that I've visited, focusing less on the perfection and awe of the buildings, but more on the emotion I experienced. My preferred medium is oil, though I start with a thin layer of acrylic. The color palette is mostly connected to spiritual energy. As I have found great significance in the symbolism of the square in all religions, these paintings are created as “relics”, capturing the high frequency of the Divine.

"......... Clever how much depth has been created in this work with so few resources.

Clearly, an artist full of guts has been at work here.

The artist is able to turn cold stone buildings, into atmospheric warm spaces."

Jury report, Painting of the Year competition