This picture (original made of cut paper) was made as part of a special commission for an Episcopal parish near Bar Harbor, Maine.
St. John the Divine (traditionally identified as the same person as Jesus’ disciple John) was the author of the Book of Revelation, the record of an apocalyptic vision he received while in exile on the Island of Patmos.
The book is filled with a great deal of vivid and wild imagery—a lot of stuff for an artist to choose from to include in a picture. I chose to portray the saint on the rocky island surrounded by a border made up the seven lampstands that serve as one of the opening images of the book.
At the top corners of the border are the Greek letters Alpha and Omega, representing the Beginning and the End—God; the corresponding letters in Hebrew are at the bottom corners.
John holds a scroll before him, presenting to us the symbol of Christ as “the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” —the theme at the very center of John’s vision and his book.