Jim Thomas, Artist
Jim Thomas
(as seldom seen - in a suit)

  • Texas Society of Sculptors
  • Guild of Austin Architectural Artisans
  • Austin Diocese Fine Arts Council
  • Texas Society of Architects
 
 

MARY AND JESUS bronze art Mary and Jesus

The changes called for the Mass to be a dramatic depiction of the Last Supper in English instead of the traditional Latin.

For the first time, the altar was to face the parishioners and the church's artistic icons were to be more contemporary in treatment. This was well received by the younger, more progressive Amarillo parishioners but perhaps not so well received by the older more conservative ones. The artist's challenge was to depict The Virgin Mary with the Christ child by mixing the traditional and contemporary styles of realism and impressionism and still please both groups. Thomas chose to show Christ teaching in the temple, as in the Book of Luke, Third Chapter, and Verse 41. The sculpture has realism in the faces and expressive hands with impressionistic exaggeration of the flowing robes and proportions.