"She is very serious about her religion and wouldn’t in the slightest possibility ever imagine wanting to sneak a pee-pee on to Jesus.”
Gilmore, who helped Janet Jaime move the 10-foot tall crucifix out of her studio at her home near The Paseo Arts District before it was taken to the church, said it is difficult to tell while painting how contrast may appear from far away.
"She was maybe a foot away from it all the time she was painting it, and the only way you can see this is when it’s up and you’re 20 or 30 feet away, and then you get this gestalt of, ‘oh, look,’” Gilmore said.
Gilmore said he and Reggie Jaime have a "loose” business partnership in a graphic design company.
Texas church’s pastor praises artist’s work
Parishioners enjoy the 19 religious icons designed by Janet Jaime on display in St. Benedict’s Western Rite Orthodox Church in Wichita Falls, Texas, the church’s pastor said.
"Her work is absolutely superb, and actually getting better through the years,” said the Rev. James Rooney. "She’s a very faithful Orthodox Christian who takes seriously what the church asks her to do.”
Rooney’s church first commissioned religious icons from Janet Jaime about 10 years ago and has since ordered more.
"If anyone asked me to recommend an iconographer, I wouldn’t even mention anyone else,” Rooney said.
Rooney said he hopes the controversy surrounding the crucifix in Warr Acres "doesn’t affect her adversely, because she has got such a gift to give to the church.”
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