A Modern Liturgy Visual Arts national
award winner, Jeff Tortorelli is a liturgical
artist whose work focuses exclusively
on pieces used in community worship spaces.
Jeff's grandfather was a master carpenter
and his father a master machinist. These
two people both had a special relationship
with wood and metal. They had the knowledge
and the touch to work them into beautiful
pieces of art. From them, Jeff developed
the love and the skills to create. More
importantly, they taught him, "If
you can create something in your mind,
you can create that piece with the most
At the age of five, he built his first
bookcase, and the journey of a lifetime
began. His designs are executed in wood,
metal and stone. Age-old techniques of
joinery are employed - eliminating the
need for glue or mechanical fasteners.
All finishes are a special blend of oils
developed centuries ago, which invite
the touch of your hand.
"I have been truly blessed in my
life - I am able to create with my mind
and hands pieces that will be used in
the worship space of a community. I cannot
think of a more rewarding endeavor."
When Jeff is commissioned to create
a piece of liturgical art for a community,
he studies the physical site, the parish
community, and searches out the stories
and feelings behind both. His Liturgical
art is unique in that he is able to create
pieces that have spiritual meaning - a
Presider's chair can be welcoming, and
an Ambo that will convey the feeling of
strength found in the Word of God.
Jeff maintains his studio in Colton,