Description 'Therefore, brethren, pick out from among you seven men of good repute, full of the Spirit and of wisdom' Acts of the Apostles 6:3With these words the first seven deacons of the Church were chosen and ordained.
Lawrence Klimecki, Orangevale, CA Member Since September 2009 Artist Statement Deacon Lawrence Klimecki’s artwork is inspired by the rich traditions of Christian devotional art. Through the detailed, exquisitely rendered imagery of landscapes, icons, and inspirational work, he seeks to connect the visible with the invisible, the world that is seen with the world that is unseen.
His “Golden Age” style, with an emphasis on beauty and striking composition, appeals to a broad range of collectors.
“My intent,” says Klimecki, “is to reveal God in all that surrounds us, from the beauty of the created world to the myths, legends, and stories we tell ourselves that touch upon the reason for our existence.”
Since his ordination in 2008 Deacon Lawrence has used his background in art and design to encourage people to use their gifts in service to each other. Through his art, his writings and his lecture series, he speaks to the artist that lies buried deep within each one of us, encouraging us to strive to make our entire lives a work of art dedicated to God.
“I am passionate about helping people understand the gifts that God has given to them are for them to use in His service, building up the Kingdom. This particularly applies to artists and those blessed with creativity, which is to say, all of us. I speak on those areas where art intersects faith.”
He established The Catholic Artist’s Guild to give an online presence to the many visual artists struggling to have their work seen by a larger audience and is a regular contributor to Smallpax, The Catholic Illustrator’s Guild. His work was featured in the first national tour sponsored by the Foundation for Sacred Art and his clients include Paulist Press, LTP (Liturgy Training Publications), and EWTN.
Past talks have included topics such as “Art and Ecumenism,” “The Icon, its History and Meaning,” “The Development of Christian Art,” and “Liturgical Art in the Modern World.”
Deacon Lawrence currently resides in the Diocese of Sacramento. He is married to his high school sweetheart, AnNita and they have one son.