by Le Corbusier  is one I just love. I started to make it once, but it was so foreign to what I was used to, and I set it aside.
“Anyway, after the monastery, I got my master’s in art at the University of Northern Colorado. I really got into threedimensional work, which I was exhibiting while I was teaching high-school art in Castle Rock. For years I focused on metal work, carving in wax and using the lost-wax process.” He kept at this, making jewelry from architectural cast forms, until toxicity and carpal-tunnel issues stimulated a change in direction in the mid-1980s. Cardinale went on to earn a Ph.D. in art education from Arizona State University and to work as an art professor at Ohio State University and the University of Arizona. He served as director of the program in artisanry at Boston University and then was president of the San Antonio Art Institute.
“At San Antonio, we were doing a new building. I had all these drawings, and I started cutting them up and drawing them. I would use pastel on the drawings, then I began making pieces of wood based on those. When I started making the churches, I combined the color work I had been doing with the architectural drawings with the surfaces on the churches. They got richer and richer, layered, kind of like the work of Richard Diebenkorn, who’s one of my gods. Because of my Catholic background, I have this holy trinity of art: Matisse at the top and Diebenkorn and Motherwell are at the base. And Henry Moore is a favorite sculptor.”
Cardinale with his 2001 paintedpine model of The Pink Church Art Center; right, Mission San Carlos Borromeo de Carmelo, 2010, painted pine with hard tile; 17 x 15 x 15 inches