Father Arthur Poulin holds the unique distinction of being the only monk in the Allport Editions family of artists. Residing at Incarnation Monastery in Berkeley, California, Father Poulin strives to reflect the “stunning, sacred beauty that is mirrored everywhere in Creation.”
Born in San Francisco, Poulin grew up in Florida in a home where "painting, music, writing, dance, poetry, and cooking were celebrated." He found color "healing -though as a child, lacked the words to describe it that way." Poulin spent summers with his grandparents in the Bay Area, not far from where he lives today.
Educated in Catholic schools, and "- always attracted to both religion and art", Poulin wondered how he could bridge the two vocations. "In time, I realized they are one and the same. I discovered that creativity and painting were a way of life. "
His painstaking acrylic landscapes echo the Impressionists but project his unmistakably unique style. They can take months to create, starting with the application of up to 25 layers of black gesso (primer) before adding color and texture with thousands of the smallest and most precise brush strokes. Ultimately, he uses tiny dots - "representing the one that the many are wanting to be. The dot signifies the tiny seed that has the potential to grow and blossom into a great tree."
In addition to Father Poulin's line of pointillist fine art cards and puzzles, his works are widely published as covers for books, magazines, journals and albums.