"There is an attempt to obscure the reality of the next life, life eternal. For this reason many souls do not accept that they have an inheritance awaiting them and a God who loves them."
Many Popes have called on artists to reflect something of the beauty of God in their creative work.
Saint John Paul II continues:
"Humanity looks towards works of art to shed light upon its path and destiny. It is up to you, men and women who have given your lives to art to declare with all the wealth of your ingenuity that in Christ the world is redeemed.
Every genuine inspiration contains some tremor of that 'breath' with which the Creator Spirit suffused the work of creation from the beginning."
Liz Asher is a painter and stained-glass window designer. She has been lucky enough to exhibit her artwork in a variety of places including the Victoria and Albert Museum and Westminster Cathedral; She has also produced visuals for a Fatboy Slim concert on Brighton Beach.
Born in 1978 in Epping, although Liz had no artist in her family to follow, she always had a passion for painting and so studied art to A-Level (1996). She continued to paint in her halls of residence while studying for her philosophy degree at Heythrop College, University of London. The portfolio quickly overwhelmed her room so she had her first solo exhibition in 1999.
In 2000, although a cradle Catholic, Liz began to experience the profound nature of being in relationship with God and her artwork took a turn towards the spiritual. This is now the only work she undertakes.
Liz is a member of the Society of Catholic Artists (recently listed with The British Library under English Heritage) and a founder member of what is now St Patrick's Studios, Wapping. She is currently living in Sussex with her husband and their four children.
I want to invite you to look at the art herein with an open mind, but also a quiet mind.
There are reasons behind each element in every painting...some have become evident during the process and some were intended since its conception.
However, I prefer not to colour the way you receive each painting by 'explaining' its meaning. Instead, use the title with the image to shed light on what it means for you. Each painting will speak differently to each of us because when we experience art it is not a static exchange but a conversation between the art and our inner selves which is dependant on our spiritual stage and life experience.
Liz prays through all her work. She hopes that her images will evangelise the viewer changing their relationship with God.