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G.K. Chesterton once said, “Art consists of limitation. The most beautiful part of every picture is the frame.” And so it is. Art is at once bottom-up and top-down. When directed to noble and sacred ends, art is an accessory to our perception of the ethereal. When the talent is received from above, it manifests in wonderful illustrations and caricatures, like the doodles Chesterton offered his friends and published in his books. Chesterton understood how art and craftsmanship played a vital part in culture, and his newspaper, G.K.’s Weekly, included terrific drawings by the greats: Thomas Derrick and Powys Evans. The Distributist movement’s appreciation and practice of art was expressed in the Guild of St. Joseph and St. Dominic, a community of stonecutters, painters, book publishers, weavers, and other artisans that worked and lived in Ditchling, England.

With that said, it is our pleasure and honor to introduce our readers to The Catholic Illustrator’s Guild. Below you will find a handful of the many talented illustrators, sculptors, painters, and graphic design specialists that take part in the collaborative and Christian spirit of the guild. This page will become a permanent fixture on the Review so that our readers may commission these great artists, recommend them to families, friends, and parish pastors. We believe strongly in supporting our artists, and should other members of the Guild wish to include their bios and artwork here, please send us an email.

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*Besides membership in the guild, Chris Lewis and Theodore Schluenderfritz are our resident artists here at the Review, and Lawrence Klimecki designed the logo for The Society for Distributism.

Theodore Schluenderfritz

Website: www.5sparrows.com
Email: ted [at] 5sparrows [dot] com

Theodore Schluenderfritz is an illustrator and Graphic Designer whose clients include Gilbert Magazine, The Distributist Review, Envoy Magazine, Faith & Family, Sophia Press and Mater et Magistra. He lives in Colorado with his wife and 6 children.

Ben Hatke

Website: http://www.househatke.com
Email: ben [at] hatke [dot] comB

Ben Hatke is an artist, writer and comics creator. He is the creator of the Zita the Spacegirl graphic novels and a contributor to the Flight Anthologies. Ben learned painting through studying the Italian Masters and by training at the Charles Cecil Studios in Florence. He has created illustrations for children’s books, textbooks and puzzles and contributes original comics to the Flight Anthologies and Gilbert Magazine.

He lives and works in Front Royal, Virginia with his lovely wife and growing family. He loves swords and whistles and juggling and adventures. Breakfast is his favorite meal of the day.

Christopher Lewis

Website: http://www.clewiscreative.com
Email: vekticolor [at] clewiscreative [dot] com

VEKTICOLOR is the vector illustration work of Chris Lewis, illustrator and graphic designer for nearly 15 years. When not illustrating and designing for clients or fun, Chris can be found writing music, reading history, and learning German. He currently resides in Atlanta with his wife and two kids.

Clients include The Distributist Review and Gilbert Magazine, among other commissions.

Lawrence Klimecki

Website: http://www.ChristianGraphicArts.com
Contact: Lawrence [at] GryphonRampant [dot] com
Social Network: facebook.com/gryphonrampant

As the Creative Director for Gryphon Rampant, Lawrence Klimecki has been designing logos, creating corporate identity packages, and involved in all aspects of graphic design for 30 years. Past design and illustration clients have included The Society for Distributism, Sophia Press, Gilbert Magazine, Paulist Press, and the Franciscan Monastery in Washington D.C.. In 2008 Mr. Klimecki was ordained a deacon in the Diocese of Sacramento.

Since then, among his other ministries for the Church, Lawrence has taken his company in a new direction. Gryphon Rampant now serves as publisher for his work. As a minister of the Word, he tries to spread the Good News through art, taking a contemporary approach to traditional Christian imagery in an effort to enable people to see ancient truths with new eyes. Or as Blessed Pope John Paul II put it, he attempts to create new epiphanies of the Divine.

St. Raphael the Archangel

Society for Distributism
Gilbert Magazine
Diocese of Sacramento
Sacramento Life Center
Law Enforcement Chaplaincy-Sacramento
Sacramento Catholic Forum
Franciscan Monastery, Washington D.C.
Secretariat Office, Commissariat to the Holy Land
Dominican Sisters of Mary Mother of the Eucharist
University of Sacramento

Matthew Alderman

Website: www.matthewalderman.com
Email: matthew [at] matthewalderman [dot] com

Matthew Alderman is the founder of Matthew Alderman Studios, which specializes in church furnishing and graphic design, design consulting and original art and illustration. A graduate of the University of Notre Dame School of Architecture, he designed a new organ case, altar and other fittings for the historic Vladivostok Catholic Cathedral, and is presently collaborating with RDG Planning and Design of Omaha as a design consultant for the new St. Paul University Catholic Center in Madison, Wisconsin.

St. John Damascene with the Icon of the Three-Handed Mother of God, 2010, Private Collection, Australia

Our Lady of Mount Carmel with SS. Thérèse of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face and Teresa of Avila, 2010, Private Collection, Wisconsin

His original art can be found in private collections from Singapore to Vienna and he is presently completing a set of illustrations for Liturgy Training Publication’s edition of the new Roman Missal. For more images, click here.

Daniel Mitsui

Website: http://www.danielmitsui.com
Email: danmitsui [at] hotmail [dot] com

Crucifixion Image size: 8" x 11" Paper size: 9" x 12"

Daniel Mitsui (1982-) is a freelance illustrator and artisan, specializing in ink drawing. His work is characterized by its meticulous detail, and is especially inspired by mediaeval iconography, illuminated manuscripts and early printed books. Most of his commissions are for religious drawings or custom bookplate designs. Daniel currently lives in Chicago. He and his wife have one son and are expecting a second child in September of 2011.

Chi-Rho Colored ink & gold leaf on Bristol board 8" x 10"

Ecce Quam Bonum Black & red ink on calfskin vellum 3 3/4" x 6"

Daniel specializes in meticulously detailed ink drawings on paper or parchment. All of his drawing is done by hand. He is especially inspired by mediaeval iconography, illuminated manuscripts and incunabula.

Daniel is also available to speak or to give art lessons. More of his work can be seen on his website.

Jason Tako

Website: http://www.jasontako.com
Email: luke_tako [at] yahoo [dot] com

Tarnished Silver

Winter Shadows

If there is one thing to describe Jason and his art it is passionate. While being a committed husband and father he spends his remaining time enveloped in drawing or painting whatever he finds beautiful. As a devout Catholic, you could say his main artistic goal is to become the best artist he can be and express the beauty of God’s creation through his brushstrokes.

Jason started drawing at a young age. It was discovered by his teachers and peers that he possessed a knack and desire for artwork, a desire that he pursued until his senior year when he switched to playing electric bass. About 10 years later Jason realized how much he had missed nature and artwork and began to sketch again. He painstakingly worked his way from pencil to watercolor while using nature and wildlife as his subject matter. A love for wildlife and landscape came natural being that he was born and raised in rural Minnesota. Jason went to college and earned his degree in Applied Visual Arts and was encouraged by his teacher Bara Arens to pursue a career in fine art.

Waiting for His Return

One of the things Jason enjoys most about his art is painting from life and going out into nature and gathering experiences that will later be brushed onto canvas. Jason has a deep passion for the north woods and prairies. Some of his favorite memories are camping trips up in northern Minnesota. These trips have turned into beautiful paintings that express his passion for the north. Jason also has a love for simpler times that are long since gone; old barns, family life of the prairie and pioneer days, still life paintings with hand-sewn bunnies and flowers and other subjects express this longing for the past.


Art & Soul Gallery, Lemoyne, Pennsylvania
Horton Hayes Fine Art, Charleston, South Carolina
Lord Nelson’s Gallery, Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
Gregory James Gallery, New Milford, CT

Signature Member of the Society of Animal Artists
Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association

Commissions and Collectors

Jason is currently working on a 16”x50” commission of some Wood Ducks for a dentist office. He was also just commissioned to create a 22”x46” barn landscape painting (Similar to Winter Shadows) for a gentleman who is involved with the historical restoration of the Gettysburg National Military Park. Some of his collectors include Liz Uline, owner of Uline Shipping Products, a member of the Secret Service, and Dr. David Reese, among many more.


About the author: Richard Aleman


Richard Aleman is the president of The Society for Distributism, a contributing editor for Gilbert Magazine, The Remnant, and he blogs at St. Austin Review‘s Ink Desk. A native Spaniard, Richard resides in New York where he has just completed The Hound of Distributism, a book of various authors.


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  2. Thanks for posting. How can I get more information on the Guild? I’m an artist who paints with markers, watercolor and acrylics, and would like to get some advice and maybe join if I can. Thanks.

  3. This is great! We need more of this.

  4. To clarify, “this” applies both to similar guilds and reporting on their existence and work.

  5. Richard Aleman

    Denita, to join the guild, click here.

  6. Thanks, I found the blog, and copied the email address.
    I appreciate your help.

  7. Wow, art that actually looks like something. Neat concept.