It was while living in Rome that Terrence rediscovered his passion for art. During the year and a half that he and his family spent there, they visited many of its beautiful and ancient churches. From St. Peter’s basilica to the simple parish church, most are beautifully adorned with colorful marble and ornate gilded ceilings as well as many famous and not-so-famous beautiful works of art. Standing in front of Michelangelo’s Pieta, or the original Icon of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, or Caravaggio’s Crucifixion of St. Peter, Terrence realized that art in its noblest form is art that glorifies God and His creation. He returned to the United States with a new desire to take up art again with this purpose in mind.
Although his primary vocation of husband and father keeps him busy, Terrence has found time over the past several years to develop his love for art, through formal instruction and on his own. He has been fortunate to attend several iconography workshops (including one in Rome) as well as a fascinating workshop on fresco painting (above photo).
Terrence developed his skill for pencil drawings while still in high school, but has only recently added painting to his repertoire. Besides the workshops mentioned above, however, he has found himself largely disappointed by the lack of practical and quality instruction available at the university level. He hopes to eventually attend one of the ateliers or academies established in recent years to revive the classical methods of training artists.
Terrence lives with his family near Lincoln, Nebraska where he has helped to found and organize the Sacred Art Show, a show dedicated to Catholic Art by Catholic Artists which takes place in Lincoln every spring.