Probably you wonder why Ursula chose to present herself as an artist dedicated to classical realism and the timeless traditional way of painting. We asked her and this is how she responded:
When confronted with what passed as a piece of art in the 20th and 21st century, I realized that modern art often expresses a cult of ugliness, or cult of originality, at any cost, and is prideful to break any, and all, moral and esthetic standards. In short, we are in a society trending towards nihilism. I had to step back and decide where I stand in relationship to modern art versus the rich heritage of Western artistic tradition, as well as its idea of beauty.
I concluded that dismissing artistic achievement of previous centuries would be arrogant and dishonest. So you might find among my paintings many copies of old masters (Rembrandt in particular). In this way I pay my tribute to them and in the same time learn how to approach my subject in art. It became clear to me that the effort to express in painting beauty of the most humble and ordinary subjects from my immediate surroundings, brings the greatest value and importance, and providing truth and goodness. Therefore you will see that I painted people like the “Girl from Chula Vista” or landscapes like “Sunset at Seaport Village” or “Chicken from Harbison Canyon”.
As a traditional Catholic I am naturally drawn to sacred art inherited and preserved in the Catholic Church. Similarly, I feel that it is essential to continue our rich Catholic tradition and build on its achievement. Teaching art classes in the classical tradition is another small step in that direction. It is my enjoyment to paint images of Christ, Our Blessed Lady, and Saints, just as it was done by many artists before me in the past.