John the Baptist icon by Mary Jane Miller. John the Baptist was a Jewish itinerant preacher in the early 1st century AD. Other titles for John include John the Forerunner in Eastern Christianity, Mary Jane Miller is a Contemporary Egg Tempera Painter and loves John. John the Baptist is probably the most theologically significant figure in the Gospels. John was that voice crying in the wilderness one we need in this day and age. The internet has provided much more awareness about tempera among painters today compared to the 19th Century. Artist who makes regular and sapient use of the technique are still a rare find. The 20th Century is fast pace, with its electronic media age, fast living and instant everything. The practice of icon painting in general allows artists and contemplatives to slow down and hopefully come to see things more clearly as John the baptist did in the wilderness.