Chris Lewis is the sole illustrator behind BARITUS Catholic Illustration. A convert to the Catholic faith with a professional background in graphic design and a love for illustration, this project came to fruition through a parallel journey in discovering the Truth of Christianity through Catholicism and a return to drawing after many years of setting it aside. The two paths converged after a series of spiritual and intellectual conversions in 2018, and the idea of beginning a project focused on sharing the Catholic faith through art was born. BARITUS is an artistic project dedicated to preserving the legacy of our rich Catholic artistic traditions, but in a way that resonates today.
The two meanings of this Latin word come together graphically in the BARITUS logo through the representation of the angel blowing a trumpet while carrying a sword. This image reflects scenes from Scripture such as in the Old Testament where the Israelites rally around the sound of the trumpet where God fights for them, as well as in the New Testament where angels usher in the final judgement with the blast from a trumpet.
In the BARITUS icon the trumpet and the sword are bound together with rope symbolizing the ever-present need to both proclaim the faith and defend the faith in evangelization.