Supporters of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Ladera Ranch recently had the rare opportunity to witness the creation of a holy work of art that will, upon completion of the church, hang behind its altar.
Renowned painter Joseph Adolphe has been commissioned to paint “Crucifix of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
According to Holy Trinity Parish business manager MaryKate Marconi, Fr. Reynold, pastor at the church, had always wanted a painting to grace the altar rather than a traditional crucifix. With a background in the arts, he was well connected to the art community and it was recommended that he contact Adolphe, who was born in Alberta, Canada and attended the School of Visual Arts in New York where he earned his MFA. His work has been featured internationally and has been described by art critics as having “an old master/expressionist quality.”
The artist came to the Christ Cathedral campus to begin the work of painting. Over the course of two weeks he sketched and then painted the 30-foot piece. The canvas will take six months to fully dry and then, according to Marconi, it will be moved on a flatbed truck to Holy Trinity in time for the church’s dedication on Nov. 11.