Churches, Chapels and Colleges

A selection of religious stained glass windows commissioned over the past three decades in Sydney, Newcastle and Regional NSW.

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Majestas Domini

2009
201cm x 53cm
window to Narthex

St Bede's Catholic Church, Pyrmont

Installed early Feb 2009 in one of Sydney's oldest Catholic churches, across the road from Star City Casino in Ultimo. The brief called for a lively interpretation of the mediaeval image of Christ in Majesty, surrounded by symbols of the four Evangelists.

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St Matthew and St John

A detail from the St Bede's window showing two of the four Evangelists represented by their mediaeval animal symbols (St John is always portrayed as a human angel)

St Mark and St Luke

St Mark and St Luke

As with most commissions I carried out a lot of research to find the most appropriate references.

The four Evangelists are from various sources: the angel (Matthew) was derived from a Flemish painting, the lion (St Mark) a much earlier Mediaeval carving in ivory from Cluny, the ox (St Luke) from a stone carving from one of the European cathedrals (can't remember which one now) and the eagle (St John) actually drawn from live photographic reference material.

St Catherine's

Contemplation room

1993
153cm x 97cm

Window to side chapel St Catherine's School, Waverley

St Andrew's Anglican Church, Longueville

St Andrew's Anglican Church, Longueville

1989
98cm x 49cm

Memorial Window to Porch

TAS Chapel

The Armidale School Chapel

2000
176cm x 500cm

Pair of Memorial Windows to Nave

TAS Chapel

The Armidale School Chapel

2000
176cm x 500cm

Pair of Memorial Windows to Nave

Adamstown

St Stephen's Anglican Church, Adamstown

2003
144cm x 160cm

Double highlight windows over side entry

For this commission I was invited to make a stained glass window based on the Fra Angelico fresco illustrating St Stephen receiving his Orders from St Peter. It was an interesting challenge as the original painting is a horizontal format whereas this pair of windows,divided in the middle by a timber mullion, makes for a vertical picture.

The right hand side shows St Stephen distributing alms to the community. I relished the opportunity to embellish the work with architectural decoration and much effort went into developing the full size charcoal cartoons.

Garden Island

Garden Island Chapel

1997
333cm x 197cm

Window to Memorial Shrine

There is a lot of history on Garden Island. It has been home to the Royal Australian Navy for many years. The Chapel is a two-storey building converted from what was the sail loft, when we had a navy under sail. The jibs for drying the canvas are still in place.

This Memorial Shrine occupies what was once a souvenir shop; the main shop window became this stained glass window commemorating all the sailors lost in service.

I sandblasted the lettering out of blue flashed glass, a two-layered glass of blue on clear and then applied the glass paint, firing it prior to leading-up.

St Columbas Uniting

St Columba's Uniting Church, Lane Cove

1995
333cm x 197cm

Window to Chapel (Left Hand Side)

St Columba was an early Irish monk who sailed around the northern reaches of Scotland bringing the Word of God to once Christian communities who had reverted to Paganism. If you look closely you will see a faint outline of the Scottish coastline in the left panel of this large window.

The symbol here is the lower case Greek Alpha, The Beginning.

St Columbas Uniting

St Columba's Uniting Church, Lane Cove

1995
333cm x 197cm

Window to Chapel (Centre)

So the symbol in the centre of the three panels is a semi-abstract interpretation of the coracle used by the monk in his travels, superimposed over the cross, which reaches out into the far corners of the two side windows.

St Columbas Uniting

St Columba's Uniting Church, Lane Cove

1995
333cm x 197cm

Window to Chapel (Right Hand Side)

And in the right hand side is the Greek Omega, The End. Also in this window you will see a faint image of a stone Celtic cross: one of these carved crosses was erected at every site where a monastery was established.

The intertwining of Pagan and Christian elements is underscored by a border of Celtic patterning embracing all three windows in the set.

All Saints Anglican Tumut

The Resurrection

All Saints Anglican Church, Tumut

1997
346cm x 247cm

Triple Lancet Window to South Transept

Serbian Orthodox

Church Coat of Arms

St Lazarus Serbian Orthodox Church
Alexandria

2000
201cm x 170cm

5x light Joinery Window to Narthex

Fr Rade Radan, the commissioning agent for this work, had a very close involvement in the progress of the window, ensuring all the elements to the design were accurate. He supplied me with some beautiful historical books as reference material. The Coat of Arms is actually a coat, worn by the Patriarch of the Church, embroidered in gold thread.

The Patriarch also wears the gold and enamelled crown and the gold chain. Such highly decorated work requires extensive use of enamels, engraving painting and staining to achieve the desired result.

Merwether Anglican: Eucharist

The Eucharist

St Augustine's Anglican Church
Merewether

2010
170cm x 30cm

One of 5x Single Lancets to Prayer Room

The development of a concept for a window scheme can be the most difficult and sometimes the most interesting aspect of a project. My intial concept of referencing the abstract angels of Georg Meisterman, from early 20th century Germany, was roundly rejected as being too modern.

Eventually, together wih Canon Stephen William and the donor for this window, Dennis Hinchliffe, we settled on a scheme which presented the 7x Sacraments over 5x windows.

Merwether Anglican: Baptism/Confirmation

Baptism and Confirmation

St Augustine's Anglican Church
Merewether

2011
170cm x 30cm

One of 5x Single Lancets to Prayer Room

For the second Merewether window we have two of the Sacraments, Baptism and Confirmation, which have a natural affinity, one following the other. Canon Stephen was a tremendous help in guiding me through the design process to achieve a good outcome.

Merwether Anglican: Holy Orders

Holy Orders

St Augustine's Anglican Church
Merewether

2011
170cm x 30cm

One of 5x Single Lancets to Prayer Room

Holy Orders is the Sacrament of Ordination, or induction into the Priesthood. It involves the laying in of hands and is officiated by the Bishop: hence the representation of the Bishop's mitre and crozier.

There was a request for a particular crozier to be used but it was actually far too ornate to be of use and some diplomatic negotiations were required before I could proceed with this design. I found the incumbent Bishop of Newcastle very gracious and accommodating.

Samoan Christian Church

The Resurrection

The Congregational Church of Samoa in Sydney
Lugarno

2011
approx 2.5m x 7m

7x light Fixed Window to Narthex

The Samoan Minister, Fr Taeipo Malifa, was so impressed with the Resurrection window I made for All Saints Anglican Church in Tumut that he wanted a version made for his Church in Lugarno. It was quite an intesting design challenge to rework what was a very vertical design into a predominantly horizontal format.

St Edmunds Anglican Church Maroubra

Jesus the Comforter

St Edmund's Anglican Church
Maroubra

2013
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Window to Lady Chapel

Dedicated to Wally Williamson and donated by his wife Joan. The tools portrayed in the lower ventilation panel refer not only to Christ being the Son of a carpenter but also acknowledge Wally who was always working on the Church to maintain it in good condition.

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The Nativity

All Saints Anglican Church
Tumut

1999
346cm x 247cm o'all

Triple lancet window to South Transept

I've attempted to portray Mary here not as the Queen of Heaven but as a poor, young Hebrew girl who has just given birth.

The ribbons in this window echo those used in the Resurrection window opposite. Here they serve the purpose of pageantry with the Heavenly Host celebrating the birth of Christ.

St Francis Liberal Catholic Church

St Francis

St Francis Liberal Catholic Church
Gordon

1991
155cm x 105cm

Window to Nave

Dedicated to two long-serving members of the Church, this window illustrates the Patron Saint, Francis. The design is closely based on what is believed to be the earliest portrait, a fresco in a chapel in Subiaco, Italy.

The surrounding text (the first example of my exploration into text-based design) comes from St Francis' Canticle of the Sun