"Since the invisible one became visible by taking on flesh, you can fashion the image of him whom you saw. Since he who had neither body nor form nor quantity nor quality, who goes beyond all grandeur by the excellence of his nature, he, being of divine nature, took on the condition of a slave and reduced himself to quantity and quality by clothing himself in human features. Therefore, paint on wood and present for contemplation him who desired to become visible."
St John of Damascus
("On The Divine Images")
When I was twenty-six I spent a year in silence with an order of Carthusian nuns. The silence was difficult yet beautiful, it yielded many fruits. It was in silence that I recognized the unique beauty of icons. They were all around me: in the cloister we walked, in the chapel we prayed, and in my cell, on the wall, a [pelagonnitisa]. As often as my mind wandered, an icon would recall me to prayer and contemplation. I remember, as the year passed, a growing sense of awe as I gazed upon their simple, quiet presence, as ‘Channels of Grace,' as ‘Windows on Eternity’.
I'm especially indebted to the Russian masters beginning in the 15th century who seemed to write their icons with light, shaping line, color and form to create a Divine silence that “invites the viewer to encounter and celebrate communion.”
In addition to painting icons I've also been commissioned to design sacred spaces and chapels in the US and Europe. I see these projects (and icon commissions) as a collaborative effort with the larger community of the Church. It’s especially gratifying to know that my work—both the icons and sacred spaces—might bring people closer to God.
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