Once again I find myself fascinated with the life of monks in Cistercian abbeys of the Middle Ages. Why this fascination persists I have no idea. A friend, who is also a Benedictine monk, says it is because I have a spiritual part of my being which accepts the existence of the soul. I am not Catholic which is even more surprising, but from the first time I saw a photo of one of the French abbeys and even more when I visited Le Palais des Papes in Avignon, I felt this affinity. I don't paint as many abbeys as I once did, but every so often one just appears on canvas. Even in abstract pieces, I see architecture of this era inserting itself.
"Eavesdrop in the Abbey," Oil on Paper, 6 X 4" (image size), matted and unframed, $60 USD