“Since I was a young man, religion has played a significant role in my life. I grew up in the Alief suburb of Houston, Texas, and my family went to church extremely consistently. My mom, Ada Palmer, was the spiritual leader of our family. When one of my siblings or I misbehaved, within moments, we were lectured with scripture from the Bible from our proud and God-fearing mother.
As a grew and matured, I began to have an aversion to organized religion. I thought that the gathering by the masses at churches could not be what God intended. The teachings of the Bible spoke of love, respect, and honoring thy neighbor–not the condemnation and judgment of others and their pre-determined lifestyles. Too often, I would encounter these negative sentiments in churches and places of worship that I would “try out.”
When I knew that Ryan and I would visit a Place of Worship in 2012, a life-time of memories flooded both my brain and my blood. I could not endure a regimented place that would not allow me the freedom to create art–without judgment and without rules. As a couple, after many months of research, we selected Jerusalem, Israel, as the basis of my 2012 international art series. I can say with absolute sincerity; this was one of the best decisions of our lives.
I hope and “pray” that my collectors love and enjoy the Jerusalem 2012 art series. Yes, it is highly influenced by religion and the amazing Places of Worship that we visited in Israel. However, please know, it is not meant to turn you towards or away from religion or your personal type of worship. This art series is about education, art inspiration, knowledge, and peace. It is about color, light, people, places, love, and life. Yes, God is in this series. But, it is not the God of some; it is the God of all.”
John Ross Palmer
This entire series has gone into private collections.