|Welcome to this gallery of Christian icons and illuminations. These are all original works, painted with authentic earth and mineral pigments, egg tempera and real gold leaf in the traditional medieval manner. A luminous style of painting gives my icons a fresh voice within the ancient iconographic tradition. I am proud to say my icons now grace homes and workplaces across the UK, in the USA, Europe, South Africa and New Zealand.
A hand-painted icon is an enduring work of art, whether it is for devotional purposes or purely to beautify your home or office. An icon is also the perfect gift for religious occasions - baptism, chrismation, first communion, marriage, ordination or retirement. For special presentations I can supply my hand-embroidered silk burses, made to measure. I am always glad to take commissions: do enquire if your special saint or subject is not represented here.
Also: Greetings cards, postcards, ember cards and Christmas cards featuring original icons and whimsical miniatures.
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|A New Commission
I think this little icon - a recent commission - may be a world first of St Issui, also spelled St Ishow, an early Celtic hermit who lived in the Black Mountains of South Wales and was murdered by a passing traveller. There is a now beautiful medieval church on the spot (Partrishow) which incorporates a hermit's cell and his relics in the altar. The saint's treacle well is still flowing in the churchyard. There is a modern statue of St Issui in the church, but as far as I know I am the first to have the honour of painting an icon of him. The person who commissioned this was kind enough to say: "this saint is very special to me and I do think you have created a wonderful image of him. I particularly like his face, so unique, he looks a real ascetic, his face has such character. Certainly not a 'standard' face which I see in some icons. I can visualise the man you have represented when I am not looking at the icon, almost like a friend."
....with saints and angels and all the company of heaven....
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