Featured Artist: Bruce Herman

Bruce Herman, Elegy for St Sebastian, 2004. Oil on canvas with gold leafed wood, 56"x36".

Bruce Herman (b. 1953) is Lothlórien Distinguished Chair in the Fine Arts at Gordon College in Wenham, Massachusetts. Herman lectures widely and has had work published in many books, journals, and popular magazines. His artwork has been exhibited in more than 20 solo and 100 group exhibitions in eleven major cities including Boston, New York, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Los Angeles. His work has been shown internationally, including in England, Italy, Canada, and Israel.

His art is featured in many public and private collections including the Vatican Museum of Modern Religious Art in Rome; The Cincinnati Museum of Fine Arts; DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts;  and the Armand Hammer Grunewald Collection at the Los Angeles County Museum.

Please check out Bruce’s website, where you can find many more paintings than the few shown below.  For anyone interested in the relationship between art, faith, and Christianity, his website is worth the visit.  Also, you can check out his show of paintings titled Presence/Absence on this facebook page.


oils and alkyd resins, 23kt. gold leaf/silver leaf on wooden panel
dimensions: 58.75″ x 48.75″
© 2007

Elegy for Bonhoeffer

oil & alkyd resin with 23kt. gold leaf on panel
framed dimensions: 81” x 55”
collection of Messiah College
© 2001

The Passion of St. Sebastian

oil & alkyd resin with 23kt. gold leaf on canvas and attached wood panel
framed dimensions: 55” x 40”
© 2002


  • Jim Watkins is the assistant editor and a regular contributor at Transpositions. Originally, Jim is from southern California and southeastern Texas, but sometimes he feels most at home in the landscape and coffee shops of the Pacific Northwest. He met his wife Emily at Wheaton College in Illinois, where he studied Studio Art (concentration in painting). For his PhD research, he is examining the relationship between divine and human creativity from the perspective of divine kenosis.

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  1. says: Bruce

    Minor correction to this posting: the St. Sebastian piece is not in the collection of the Kennedy’s — it is still available. Shannon and Kathy Kennedy own “The Passion of St. Sebastian” — a different painting. Thanks.

      1. says: bruce

        Jim — just happened to browse Transpositions and noticed that the link to my website is non-functional. That may be because I have a new website (same address though).

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