For the painter, a modern icon painting is still ancient iconology, and possesses an abstract distortion. The simplicity used to paint icon images is found in the technique, shapes, colors, and the message. They reveals the essence of humanity. I can sometimes see the Christ that lives within us all. Despite our flaws, our beliefs, and our idiosyncrasies.
There is an infinite range of imagination that we, as painters, use in our spiritual painting. It is our intuition and creative pulse that influences both the painter and the viewer. After 30 years of painting icons, my purpose for painting icon images is to perceive life on a deeper level.
Icon painting and its iconology becomes interpretations of the present as cultures and ideology changes. These small series of Icons are contemporary images. However, they are not necessarily common to the tradition. Even so, they do represent my ideas and meditations.
I believe that as a modern generation, we can experience prayer and contemplation visually. Today, one simple way to do this, is to look at, analyze and interpret a painted icon, whether it is ancient or modern.
When I Paint Icon Images – It Is About Seeing
When it is not possible to meditate or contemplate with stillness, there is a way we can pray visually, either by painting, or reflecting on a painted icon.
Each person’s faith is a journey lived and explored individually. To be mature and vibrant in one’s faith, we cultivate and find an understanding of our own spirituality. Through painting icons based on ancient icon rules, I have found painting icons to be experiential.
When I Paint Icon Images It is Still True, Just As It Has Been for Centuries
– Icon painting and iconology represent a tradition prayers for contemplation
– iconography has enormous essential spiritual significance for people from all walks of life
– an icon is an image of the invisible.
Understand My Meaning
My sacred art collection gives prayer and contemplation a visual life. When I paint Icon images, the image is are unveiled with paint in texture, color and shape. In sharing them, I hope they will represent archetypal hopes, dreams, and fears. They are created through focused prayers, time tested and offered to my fellow human beings. It is a way of letting others understand my faith and my beliefs. And – in the process, letting the viewer share their search for themselves.
It is my way of sharing my experiences with strangers. I want to share my visual prayers with everyone, even those people I may never get to know. It is an offering of connection, a gift of togetherness, and a promise that we will prevail.
BIO Mary Jane Miller. A self-taught Byzantine style iconographer with over 28 years of experience. She loves to paint icon images in Mexico. Her collections of sacred art are contemporary, with a proficient command of egg tempera. Join our Group on FACEBOOK Conversations about Prayer and Iconography.