Bela Taraseiskey, Baroque Church of St. Theresa, ©2006, acrylic on canvas, 40 x 24 inches
Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania, was called ‘Little Jerusalem’. This small Baltic country had been part of the Tsarist Russia, occupied by Germans, annexed to Poland and for 50 years ruled by the Soviets.
Today Lithuania is free and independent. I was born, raised, and studied in Vilnius. The churches were my first school of wisdom, art, architecture and religion. It was escape and peace for many children and adults after the WWII.