The icon is an organic and dynamic piece of creation that moves through time to speak to us. The key is to maintain its universality so that it may reach across generations. The creation of each icon is a spiritual journey steeped in tradition and culture. As an iconographer, there is a physical, mental and spiritual preparation necessary to achieve an inner silence and facilitate full immersion into the art form. This process allows us to become a vessels for sharing the truth of the divine through the creation of the icon.
While the work is done in solitude and contemplation, the most important element is to have a dialogue with the observer to gain their perspective and to learn how we are drawn into the piece. This dialogue and sharing can extend beyond the Orthodox faith. In community with one another, we can engage in respectful conversation about deeply human questions to build bridges of understanding across cultures and faith traditions. We can learn much by sharing our interpretations and perspectives. Imagine what might develop when we shed the robes of humanity and cloak ourselves in robes of the divine.