Thursday, April 22, 2010

The Emmaus Road

This is an oil painting of the post-resurrection story found in the Gospel of Luke. It depicts the disciples and Jesus on the road to Emmaus. The piece was intended to convey the feeling of new life, grace and worship. The fragmented colors and light in the tree tops are abstracted to resemble stained glass. The trees cross each other to resemble archways. I wanted to make the point that this is the new day of the Church. A new world where Christ reveals himself to us, journeys with us, comforts us and ministers to us. A Church where we glorify God and minister to each other daily in the most beautiful cathedral ever built, this Good Earth. More than just a painting of a story, this piece is a vision of today’s reality, when seen through eyes of faith.

Have a beautiful day.


  1. A lovely painting Mike. I take Children's Liturgy classes and I am explaining this Gospel to the children this Sunday. Would you mind if I used your painting to help me?

    Maureen Doherty (Scotland)

    1. Thank you Maureen. You are free to use this web image for educational purposes so long as the image is never used for resale or for reprinting. If you ever want to use my images for printed worship or educational materials (i.e.. printed flyers, bulletins, posters, etc.) I have higher resolution files of most of these paintings to offer for a small fee. Just email me your needs and we'll work out an arrangement. Thank you for your interest in my work.

      Blessings be with you and your class this Sunday.

  2. I love the painting and find your comments on it inspiring. Would you mind if I use it on my blog as an illustration for a short commentary I've just written on the Gospel passage about the disciples on the road to Emmaus? There is no profit component to my blog. I post things on it only for my own interest and to share with others who might be interested.

  3. I just found your painting -- I find it very uplifting spiritually and reading your ideas behind the creation I can tell you that you have been successful in conveying your message through your art. Thank you for the blessing.