Landscape paintings by John Katerberg are the artist's way of studying the work of the Master Creator God
"Quandary of the Faithless" 30"x40" Oil on Linen
I see "Quandary of the Faithless" as a visual allegory. The setting sun over the distant ocean symbolizes eternity. The river and the road symbolize different paths taken to get there. The life of the Christian is the easier river on the right (hardly seen in the painting, representing a life of faith) The winding river/crick, backwater through alligator, snake, insect infested jungle represents the drama filled life separate from the walk with Christ. The grazing beef cattle represent the object of desire for those wishing for the "better life" of those who "have it made."
"Terra Ceia Glory" 24" x 48" Oil on Canvas
Terra Ceia Glory is an aerial view of the sunset reflected in the water below. The symbolism of bridges and walkways over the water hint of the connection between the temporal and eternal. Some say Terra Ceia loosely translates to "Heavenly land," others say "Heavenly Feast" this painting is a heavenly feast for the eyes.
"Standing Through the Storm" 24" x 48" Oil on Canvas
"Standing Through the Storm" depicts a day at the beach interrupted by a sudden storm. This piece is a stunning commentary on how we can stand in faith with the assurance of better things to come, when the storms of life occur.
"Rest and Relaxation" Oil on Canvas 36" x 48"
"Rest and Relaxation" is the type of peaceful scene that the artist thought of when deployed to a war zone. The old saying "Red skies at night, sailors delight" apply to this painting.
"The Narrow Gate" Oil on Canvas 36" x 36"
I find this place intriguing with curves and angles made of concrete, surrounded by fragile plants like tiny flowers and scarred palms. The fort has been painted a weird blue that doesn't cover the time worn structure very well. I can see a spiritual parallel with this piece of course. The fragile plants represent human life; here today gone tomorrow. The wall separates life in the present and eternity. Some will take the easy paths and enter the doors to Hell, separated from God. A few will walk the narrow path represented by the ascending staircase, to eternity with God and things so wonderful that this world can't even imagine them. We try to imagine that our strongholds will last forever and paint them to "preserve" them, but only Heaven and Hell last forever.
"Barbican" Oil on Linen 28" x 54"
“Barbican” The barbican was a fortified position on a castle wall. I am intrigued by this dead palm and osprey that can be found approaching the Skyway Bridge in St. Petersburg Florida. The osprey can be seen every day on his impenetrable position, guarding the road to the bridge. The palms take on unique sculpted shapes when they have succumb to the ravages of nature, often holding evidence of their invasive attacker in a death grip.
"Autumn Storm" Oil on Canvas 30" x 40"
"Autumn Storm" is a scene from an overlook in Northern Michigan. The painting captures the contrast of the fiery oaks and maples of Autumn, against the distant Lake Michigan and incoming storm.
"Lily on the Bluff" 18" x 24"
A Summer lily sits on a Sleeping Bear bluff high above Lake Michigan, with Manitou Island in the distance.