DOROTHY WOODWARD - ART

Dorothy is a Josephite sister of the Lochinvar congregation in New South Wales. She and I have been good friends since the 1980s.

Anyone familiar with the covers and pages of my publications will have seen her artwork - beautiful colour paintings and delightful line drawings, illustrating a great variety of themes. Below you will see various examples of her artwork and brief descriptions of the many contexts for which they were designed.

Dorothy would be pleased to receive enquiries from anyone who sees possibilities in what her artistic talents can provide.
She consults fully with those who request her artwork before and during the project.
Peter Kearney

DOROTHY WRITES:
Art has always been a central part of life for me, so it seemed a logical decision to give more space and time to artwork after 33 years in education. 

Most of my work has always been in response to a wide and challenging variety of requests including banners, designs for leadlight windows, symbols for sacred spaces, hand painted crosses for foyers and classrooms, Paschal candle designs for Jamberoo Abbey, designs for the sacred vessels for the 2008 WYD Mass, illustrations for St. Paul’s Publications, CD covers, logos, school crests ... and other graphics. 

In a world where we are constantly bombarded with soul destroying images of consumerism, greed, violence, injustice and all kinds of messages that trivialise human experience, art can be a voice that gives expression to life affirming values. D.W.

SYMBOLS FOR SACRED SPACES

For school chapels or foyers

This symbol for Pius X High School Adamstown is painted in acrylics on a very large circle of marine ply. It hangs on the wall of the Sr. Marie Centre in the school. 

The heart of the painting depicts the Spirit symbol and is surrounded by Australian flora, the St. Vincent de Paul logo (indicating student involvement), the Josephite emblem and the labyrinth.

An indoor labyrinth in the Sr. Marie Centre is used by the students for reflection.

LOGOS AND CRESTS

Can be adapted for many uses

This logo was created for a retreat centre in Williamstown, Victoria. Around the central cross the four segments represent the local environment including the flora (the she-oak) of the area.

LEADLIGHT WINDOW DESIGNS

For churches, chapels and schools

This Mary Mackillop window designed by Dorothy is at Mount St. Joseph’s School Milperra. It uses Australian images including the original stable school at Penola, the Josephite emblem and features of the land.

The design was brought to life by the award winning glass artist Lee Howes who often works together with Dorothy.

CD & BOOK COVERS

Painted images for cover & poster designs

"Be praised my Lord for Brother Sun
For Sister Moon and all the Stars.
High in the heavens you have made them.
You made them precious, bright and fair"

The Canticle of the Sun - by St. Francis of Assisi.

GRAPHICS FOR LITURGIES

For liturgical seasons

A design for the season of Lent, with possible use for school or parish banners, covers or parish bulletins.

BANNERS

For a range of uses

This Dominican banner was designed for the Broken Bay Diocese and is one of a series of about 10 banners acknowledging each of the religious orders who have lived and worked in the Diocese. Each includes the emblem of the Order, its founder and a significant quote or motto.

A banner specially designed for your school/parish/organisation could be displayed in a foyer, hall or church and used for special liturgies or cermonies - e.g. graduations

BLACK AND WHITE ILLUSTRATIONS

For a variety of uses

This illustration of the mustard seed was used on a Mass cover to reflect the Scripture readings of the day.

Other black and white graphics have been requested for use on parish bulletins, booklet covers for special celebrations, the Sunday Missal for St. Paul’s Publications ... and many other uses.

PAINTED CROSSES

Acrylic paint on wood. Sizes to suit.

This cross was painted for the Mary Mackillop Parish Centre, Charlestown NSW. Surrounding the image of Mary Mackillop are features of the local area – bushland, beaches and city as well as an acknowledgement of the original inhabitants of the land, the Awabakal people.

Crosses are requested for classrooms, school foyers and sacred spaces. They are sometimes used for special liturgies.