Mary Jane Miller, perhaps known as one of the most compelling modern icon painters, is best known for her contemporary sacred art collection of women. She describes the activity as a visual meditation, a discipline created as an ancient icon painting technique. Brushstrokes become answers to the eternal questions that she constantly asks herself. Why are we here, what’s the point, why is it so hard at times and who am I in the mind of God? Her work is a personal yet archetypal awareness of humankind’s history and trajectory through spirituality.
The Sacred Art collection is contemporary and reflects modern life. The ancient icon painting technique process is rooted in the inspired works of ancient Byzantine iconographers in Russia, Greece, and Eastern Europe. Her fascination with the iconographic art form lies in the artistic process and theological content. An icon comes from using tiny amounts of earth pigment and layering them slowly into a flawless masterpiece. The way of religion is a spiritual path layered to create and guide us into becoming exquisite beings
Mary Jane Miller sits among the many artists who have revived the ancient painting technique of iconography. She creates, teaches, and preserves iconography as a spiritual visual language that opens the heart and mind. Miller’s work draws on ancient icon painting techniques to showcase her own insight into inner spiritual well-being in these modern times. Her love of spiritual art and modern iconography captivates viewers and engages them in exploring the idea of using artistic meditation to express their spiritual language.
She especially focuses on the women – through her feminine intuition and brush strokes she calls on the unheard voices of women to voice their wisdom and love through color and form. The ancient icon painting technique is painting with dirt. Women like men have come from dirt and return to dirt, wisdom is revealed in the process.
Mary Jane Miller is a Byzantine-style iconographer living in Mexico. Born in N.Y 1954. Her collections are contemporary, with a proficient command of egg tempera for three decades. The work is extraordinary and exhibited in museums and churches in the United States and Mexico. Published books; In Light of Women, Life in Christ, Iconography Revealed, Meditation and Iconography, Embossing Metal, and The Mary Collection. She teaches 5 day workshops in the ancient icon painting technique at retreat centers, monastic communities, and church parishes.