" Just as we are responsible for what we eat, so are we responsible for the visual beauty we create. When we contemplate an icon, we witness the immense love of God and humanity…an icon is a visual prayer.” - Father Henri Nouwen Sauntering up to me, glass in hand, a young urbanite asked me “Mary, why do you do it, why make such an effort to paint religious icons. Although beautiful this type of painting certainly isn’t as popular as other genres – like say – modern ... Read More about Why Isn’t Iconography a Popular Art Form?
Saint Mary, the Saint for Centuries She has inspired Catholics to performed rituals, consecrating her divinity through books and images, personal devotions, as well as; homilies praising the glories of her being, untold rounds of rosary chanting, veneration’s and all manner of sacramental acts to remember and honor Mary. With all this devotion and recognition one would think Women would have a better place in society. Not so, as most Women know all too well, Saint ... Read More about Saint Mary, Friend and Guide
For 20 years I made money, it was a job and a service. I messed around in plenty of mediums and treated clients honestly. I gave them what I thought they wanted as best and creatively as I could. I said yes to everything and every medium, murals, weaving, furniture, etc. At the age of 40, I was invited to an icon writing workshop with an orthodox priest. That first icon encounter swept me up like a wave. From then on, I was driven to reproduce these ancient images. Artists have titles which ... Read More about About Mary Jane Miller
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 ... Read More about A Connection through Time and Place
Egg Tempera I have recently been working on a series called, "Stone Images”. It began as one painting and expanded into this small series, thinking i could utilize only black and white egg tempera paint. Never been disciplined enough for limitations and confinement, even if they are self imposed. Creativity is what runs through the veins of most artists... along with how many options can one idea present... The many lovely earth tones used in egg tempera are hard to ... Read More about Egg Tempera Technique