An Icon for The Chapel of the Transfiguration

On March 16, 2016, the vestry of The Episcopal Church in Jackson Hole approved my painting an icon of the Transfiguration to be hung in the log chapel that sits in the middle of the valley beneath the Grand Teton in Grand Teton National Park in northwestern Wyoming. The gallery below tells the story. Click on each photo to learn more. [click here to return to the thumbnails]

Mar. 30, 2016

Picture 8 of 17

Study for Border of Climbing Ropes

When I reached the age of forty-something, I took up climbing. I had always been terribly afraid of heights and it was time to get over that. I took lessons, hung out at rock gyms, bought all kinds of gear, hired guides to push me up cliff faces in Texas, North Carolina, and Colorado. Ron was very patient.

I so understand the compulsion to climb. The bigger, the badder, the better.

On belay.

The knots that I will incorporate into the border of the icon are figure-eight knots that are as secure as it gets. It is the knot that, at least back in the day, tied you to the person who was holding you as you climbed. It is the knot that saves you if something goes amiss.

It is like God.

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