Who is behind The Winding Stairs?
TheWindingStairs.com and MasonicFundraiser.com were conceived and developed by Bro:. Juan Sepulveda, a professional artist and Master Mason, to provide a growing collection of Freemasonry-Inspired products and an easy-to-implement alternative to raising funds for local Masonic Lodges.
“When I joined the Fraternity, my artistic mind started buzzing with ideas for paintings, which I would love to create, inspired by the Tenets of the Order.” -Juan Sepúlveda
Juan Sepúlveda, who has a passion for Art, Science and History, also wanted to create a website where his passions could coalesce, thereby creating something more than a mere online store, but more reminiscent of a source for Masonic Light. Whether it is through paintings or online posts, the passion behind the work is evident and hopefully the visitors enjoy and share it with others.
The work of Brother Juan ‘One’ Sepúlveda is one that aims to inspire the viewer to see things from a different perspective. Whether it is through symbolism or optical illusion, the work of the artist reflects his passion for knowledge and creativity. “The message contained in my art is either a reflection of my personal life experiences or lessons I have received from others, but the purpose is always the same; to contribute to the never-ending cycle of inspiration”.
The Artist was born in the beautiful island of Puerto Rico, where he was exposed to art from an early age, because his mother was an artist. His father, a respected businessman, has always encouraged his entrepreneurial spirit. This support led Juan to move to the United States in pursuit of a career in the arts. Juan has been living in Florida since 1999, where he makes a living as a professional artist.
Shortly after becoming a Freemason in 2009, the artist decided to begin working on a Masonic Art Collection. It was a natural progression to his work, since he is passionate for history, Masonic education and allegorical teachings. In fact, for over a decade he has been describing his painting style as Inspirational Symbolism. Today, Juan’s work is part of private and corporate collections in the United States, South America, The Caribbean, Europe and Australia.
Blog and Podcast Contributors
Bro:. Robert Johnson
SK Robert Johnson is a Freemason out of the First North-East District of Illinois, belonging to Waukegan Lodge #78. He is also a member of the York Rite bodies Royal Arch, Cryptic Council and Knights Templar. Brother Johnson currently produces and hosts a weekly Podcast (internet radio program) which focuses on Freemasonry.
In addition, produces video shorts focusing on driving interest in the Fraternity and writes original Masonic papers. He is a husband and father of three. He works full time in the safety industry and is also a photographer on the side, as well as an avid home brewer. He is also working on two books, one is of a Masonic nature.
Bro:. Victor Rosario
Brother Victor Rosario is a member of Winter Garden Lodge No. 165 F. & A.M. in Winter Garden, Florida. He is a dedicated husband and father of three beautiful children. His love of history, his passion for learning and his zeal for Masonic Education makes him a valuable member of The Winding Stairs Community. Victor is one of the administrators, moderator and contributor of Masonic Fundraiser and The Winding Stairs.
Brothers Rosario and Sepúlveda have been friends since Kindergarden. Today they are not only best friends, but along with their lovely wives, are the godparents of each other’s children.