The iconography represented on this site are reflections and variations on Icon Painitng visited over recent years. The purpose of our lives is to be transformed into what is complete and ultimate fulfillment. We are here in this world to reach our full potential, "God became man that man might become God." It is an outrageous desire to desire such things. I have loosened many internal obstacles through the practice of painting icons in Egg tempera. It has been a long journey to learn and explore this tradition. The process of painting icons in egg tempera includes an unavoidable self-transformation and takes place within the practice. The entire discipline happens on an abstract or theological level. Once we understand this, everything that takes place between ourselves and others appears in a new light through a new metaphor.

The infinite range of imagination and potential found in Divine image has been enlivened in me through the foundations of the past and to some degree been merged with my interpretation of the present. The images presented through the practice of Byzantine iconography on this site do not always come from tradition and inspired doctrine, but I hope all of them intimate humankind's continual need for spiritual pursuit.

Perhaps you have heard of outsider artists. I call myself an outsider iconographer. I try to paint what I cannot see as a spiritual journey, this is the traditional part, but what inspires me is the million year old dirt ,the egg tempera I paint with. I believe the earth was divinely created, not sure how or the details but one thing is undeniable, the earth governs a wide array of infinite color and diverse forms expresses though icon painting.

Mary Jane Miller

Mary Jane Miller is an iconographer with 18 years experience in egg tempera painting and 23k gold leaf. She is included in various collections and she teaches icon painting courses in her studio in San Miguel de Allende Mexico. She also leads prayer groups and silent retreats at the Monastery of the Soledad, Atoltonilco, Mexico.

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