Artist Statement

I want to paint icons always with the hope of bringing people closer to God. Even when painting modern icons the artist entices people to come closer to God, through the beautiful icon images. We copy traditional Byzantine images as doctrine and discipline as well as prayer.

Painting Byzantine style Icons is an organic and dynamic piece of tradition dating back 1,700 years, The practice of egg tempera has quietly endured through time and continues to speak to us across generations even today. As a contemporary iconographer, my physical, mental and spiritual strengths are reflected in the art form while my attention is tuned to an inner silence.

Traditional icons are a gift the Orthodox Church has given to the world, a doctrine for their expression and commitment to unify the believers. I have used the orthodox tradition yes, with absolute respect. Contemporary Icons challenge the idea that there is still an ongoing understanding of the divine story through image and doctrine. Remembering we are all children of God. There is no limit to the imagery in iconography or the expression of God, but many.

Over the past few years, thousands of people from a wide variety of spiritual traditions have found themselves drawn to the mysterious and prayerful images found in the icons of Eastern Christianity. Books: Icon Painting Revealed and The Mary Collection and DVD available.

Mary Jane Miller has acquired 18 years’ experience. She is an experienced iconographer a master at both contemporary and traditional. The technique is egg tempera and 100% gold real leaf. The classes are offered in her private studio and at the Monastery of the Soledad. Both environments for teaching emphasize prayer and contemplation.

Email Mary Jane at or call her in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico +52 (415) 152-5762.