Today, July 11, is the Feast day of Saint Benedict of Nursia, Patron Saint of Europe and Students. Blessings.

Out of darkness comes forth light. In 1981, aged 16, Stephen B. Whatley suffered the tragic loss of his beloved, devoted mother Marjorie J. Whatley (1943-1981; a Memorial page of tributes to his mother is now on this website). The devastating bereavement lead the artist on a deeper search for spiritual depth both in his life and art; and whilst he was born an Anglican, he became attracted to the devotions within the Catholic Church – to which he converted in 2011. He is happy that his work touches so many Christians, whether they be Catholics, Anglicans or Episcopalians.

Since 2000, he has been drawn to make statements of prayer and faith; often painting on specific anniversaries and Feast Days – with what he humbly calls a “divine push’, creating both works of hope and light. His Christian tribute paintings are in private collections worldwide and public collections including Westminster Cathedral, London ; Newman University, Birmingham (UK) ; and Saint Dominic’s Priory, London in the UK ; The Carrollton School of The Sacred Heart in Miami, USA and The Institute of The Marist Brothers, Canada. You can read more about the artist’s journey of faith and art in some of the published articles in the Press section.

Here you will find a selection of both paintings and drawings – some sold, some available for purchase: full details are in the captions above each image. To enquire about purchasing or commissioning original works of art, please contact the artist.

Painted Prayers….