With a man of faith, Father Claerhout has spent more than 50 years ministering to the faithful primarily in the Free State, one expects a certain passion - and Frans Claerhout is passionate about two things, God and his art. His fondness for paintings and sculpting objects about him on the various mission stations at which he served, have led to an international clique of Claerhout fans who flock to his infrequent exhibitions. He says that his faith and his painting are indistinguishable: "my belief inspires me," he answers.  "Indeed", when I queried whether he would continue painting in heaven.