Ideas and progressions
Years of painting has taught and revealed nearly everything I know to be true about God. I am reverent of the relationship between flesh and spirit, Christ being the greatest example. Eternity is greater than anyone can imagine. The difference between soul and consciousness is still not fully defined. Science is giving new language to the divine value of breath, mind, light,love, etc. There are fine traditional iconography teachers to learn from. I would encourage any the students to do so. I am self taught, un-orthodox and defined by some as a rebellious icon painter. But not without a tremendous love of iconography, the Christ story, prayer and respect for what they have taught me. It has been my privilege to paint and play with God's divine Earth pigments as a witness to a world of beauty that belongs to the mysterious limitless unknown.
Inspired by early iconographers.
Either painting an icon or gazing at one, their bold presence holds back nothing. The images open and invite us to come close and see. You may see the God who lives in you struggling or you may see your reluctant awe turn into a world of spiritual beauty. In silence you begin to see the God who lived in those early iconographers who painted the first inspired images from the Christ teachings. They wanted to find a way to record Christ's true message. Their powerful painted images portray and honor the same essence that lives in everything and everyone. The early Byzantine iconographers painted real presence; their images descend into our hearts and make us yearn for more contact with the divine. Their ancient images endlessly remind and affirm who we are in God. I paint.