USC has just completed a new place of worship on their campus, called Our Savior Church. They commissioned local artists to create works to be part of the church, and included are the fourteen Stations of the Cross painted by California Art Club (CAC) president, Peter Adams; eight large stained glass windows created by Judson Studios in Highland Park; and a large bronze crucifixion by CAC Sculptor Christopher Slatoff (not pictured). During a special Good Friday service, Peter Adams discussed the fourteen stations and some of his process for painting them.
Along with a number of other artists and models including Alexey Steele, Tony Pro, Richard Probert, Junn Roca, and Director of The Irvine Museum, Jean Stern, I posed for Peter’s Stations in the role of John the Beloved (wearing white with a red headscarf). I don’t usually find myself on the other end of a paintbrush, but enjoyed being a part of this process. The completed paintings are beautiful and poetic and are a great contribution to the church.
Coincidentally, some of the artists from Judson Studios came over during the photo shoots for Peter’s reference, and since everyone was in costume they shot reference of their own for the stained glass. You can see me again as the character of the Good Samaritan in the windows. It’s slightly amusing to be able to recognize nearly all of the historic characters portrayed in the church as friends of mine, but I think that just adds another level to them. As a window into oneself and a great point for contemplation, the art complements the church and creates a wonderful experience.