THIS PAGE IS FOR YOUR ICONS!
Correspondence comes in from many Byzantine iconographers, often with images and commentary – too good to file away!
Please send me one to three, maybe even four, images of your icons here, and I’ll post them on this page. It's nice to have name of icon, dimensions, medium, year painted, and name of photographer if other than yourself. A small photo of you would also be welcome.
Please tell me your name and where you live. If you wish, send a brief biographical note or Artist’s Statement (up to 150 words) and/or brief commentary on your icons, which I might edit slightly.
If you have your own website or blog, or if you have icons on another website, tell me and I’ll add a link.
On request, I’ll add a “contact” line, but I won’t post your e-mail address.
ANN WELCH www.annwelch.co.uk lives in Britain and the Greek islands, where she teaches iconography. She frequently visits relatives in the San Francisco Bay Area. She will coordinate a summer 2013 workshop in the Greek Islands.
Ann is experienced in many art forms including batik, and her work has been included in numerous exhibitions. She created and organized the fall 2009 UK exhibition Divine Dimensions.
MICHELLE JENNES of Cocoa, Florida was inspired by seeing the Shroud of Turin to paint this powerful and moving Epitaphios Icon depicting Jesus, newly dead and resting on the shroud.
The icon was displayed at the Ohio Shroud Conference, which attracted participants from all over the world. (Scroll down to bottom of Shroud Conference page.) This icon brought Michelle an award for iconography and photography.
Michelle has studied iconography with the Prosopon School.
Contact Michelle Jennes here.
ANZHELIKA (ANGELA) FULTZ of Lima, Ohio was born in Russia.
Although Anzhelika is the mother of three young children, she is a very productive iconographer. She studied with
Mother Janet Peters in Michigan.
JUDITH KAESTNER of Oconomowoc, Wisconsin is a long-time Prosopon student. She teaches and coordinates a local group of iconographers. You can see more of Judith's work at her Icon Photo Album jpkaestnr.tripod.com.
Of the icon of King David, below left, she writes, "This is the icon I wrote for my brother David. He especially wanted the harp/lyre as he is very interested in music and is an acoustical engineer."
Below center, Saint Aidan of Lindisfarne. At right, Judith's icon of Saint Cuthbertis based on a wall painting in Durham Cathedral.
MARCIA ALLISON www.ourfaithfulj.blogspot.com is a student of Judith Kaestner, working in egg tempera. At right, she holds her 11 x 14 inch icon of The Guardian Angel.
Below left, Marcia's first icon, Archangel Michael, 11 x 14 inches. Below center, a small 7 x 9 inch icon painted for her daughter, and inspired by the love of a mother for her child, Mary Mother of Tenderness.
ZACHARY ROESEMANN writes traditional icons from his studio in Brattleboro, Vermont.
Zachary was called to iconography several years ago after a career as a professional singer. After studying in New York with Father John Walsted www.walstedicons.com, Zachary opened his own studio, Sacred Icons. He works in egg tempera and gold, using traditional models and methods whenever possible. His website is www.SacredIcons.net.
BEJINARI N. FLORIN lives and works in northern Bucovina, Romania. In addition to panel icons, Bejinari paints icons on Easter eggs, a longtime regional tradition. One of these beautifully detailed eggs is shown at right.
You can view more of these eggs at www.icoane.bizoo.ro - click on "Produse (5).
Contact Bejinari Florin here.
BROTHER LLEWELLYN KOUBA is a Benedictine monk at Assumption Abbey, Richardton, North Dakota. Pottery is his primary art form; but this lifelong artist is also accomplished in painting, dyeing, and rug hooking. More recently, he turned his talents to iconography, and is now undertaking work on a large triptych icon. See more of his work at www.assumptionabbey.com/Pottery.
Left to right; Our Lady of Vladimir in oil on gold leaf; Our Lady of Tenderness; and Archangel Michael
LUCIA DUGLISS of San Francisco, CA began her iconography studies in 2000 with workshops of the Prosopon School and with DominICON, under the leadership of Fr. Brendan McAnerny, OP.
She is also fascinated with knitting, especially the work of painter and knitting designer Kaffee Fassett.
Contact Lucia Dugliss here.
Saint Joseph with Doves, egg tempera and gold leaf
Left to right; The Holy Trinity; The Mandylion or The Holy Face; and Our Lady of the Sign; all in acrylic
SCOTT SONGFEATHER of Crestone, Colorado started writing icons in 2007, teaching himself with the help of books. He has learned how to make boards and apply traditional gesso, as well as how to make and apply egg tempera paint. Scott is a regular correspondent and has given me much useful information on websites and suppliers.
Scott has recently been exploring the Romanian-style folk art of back-painting icons on glass; he says it's much quicker than painting on gessoed board. The lines and highlights are painted first.
See Scott's WetCanvas art thread here. Click on Inspirational Art, then on Icons & Iconography. Scott's ("Celadonite") gesso instructions are included.
Scott would like to learn more about icon inscriptions in Greek. Contact Scott Songfeather here.