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My name is Joshua Terpstra. I'm currently a teaching candidate in the Education program at Trent University in Peterborough, ON. Despite growing up in Belleville, ON, I have had the privilege of travelling and living in several countries and cities around the world. 


My work comes from a love of my faith, a desire to express myself spiritually and artistically. Throughout my formative years in high school and my undergrad, I experienced the love of God in profound ways , a community of faithful Catholics who I consider my friends, and opportunities to go out and share what I had received. As I have come into adulthood, my faith has developed from simply looking for good feelings to a search for the Good, the Beautiful, and the True.  

During my undergrad, three pivotal events happened that I would point to as key in the work I am doing now. The first was my adult conversion into the faith. Despite being raised Catholic, it was in University that I began to understand what it meant to live out a relationship with God. To this day, it is still something I stumble through imperfectly, yet it is that which gives me the deepest joy, an understanding of the providential plan for my life, and a disposition of hope.

The second was encountering the Byzantine liturgy at St John the Baptist Ukrainian Shrine in Ottawa, ON. It was there that I began to fall in love with the liturgical practice of the faith. While attending Divine Liturgies, I was enamored by the beautiful iconography that populated the walls, the iconostasis, and the sanctuary. I was drawn in. I was transfixed. In many ways, it was the first time I had considered the question of Beauty in a deeper way. Most specifically, I loved the theology of the icon; the Icon is written and is a window into Heaven itself. This affected me, and spurned me to create. 

The third event was shortly after my encountering of the Divine Liturgy: I bought an iPad for school. With the original intention of using it for notes, it quickly became the avenue by which I could return to my teenage passion: visual arts, but now with infinitely more opportunities to create.

Since then, I have been blessed by many opportunities to produce work, and for this I am thankful. Since 2019 I have worked with Comment Magazine, Transcendentals Online Catholic Magazine, Divine Diversions, Saint of the Month, and am looking for more opportunities to continue producing work. 

I am excited about what the Lord has in store!

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