Icons are more than art. They are guardians of time, a window into eternity, witnesses along our journey, and a mirror into our souls.
My mission is to bring these guardians of time into homes and churches. I do this through creating handmade icons, prints, and family resources to celebrate feast days.
I was originally inspired to begin painting after walking into St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral in October of 2014. Coming from Lutheran, Evangelical and Charismatic backgrounds, I looked upon the church iconostasis, and knew I was surrounded by the cloud of witnesses and encountered the ancient church. That evening, I also had my first encounter with the Theotokos (Mother Mary). I understood that she was my mother and was calling me into a deeper relationship with her son through iconography. I will never forget looking at the “Lady of the Sign” icon over the alter, it pierced my soul and I felt welcomed into something much bigger – the Ark of the New Covenant! (Revelations 11:19)
In spring of 2015, I began to paint icons under Deb Korluka. She is an Eastern Orthodox iconographer with over 30+ years of experience. She has become a great friend and spiritual mother to me. Through her, I was trained in Byzantine Style Iconography with Russian influence. I have traveled to Russia, Rome and Western Europe to study and venerate icons.
I nearly converted to Eastern Othodoxy, but happily attended an Episcopal church with my wife from 2015 - 2021. I hold a very deep love for both the Eastern and Western churches. During these Episcopal years, I was inspired to paint icons for the major feast days and write devotions to celebrate these days as a family. I also was inspired to paint icons for my sons’ birthdays, baptisms, friends and churches.
In early 2022, I encountered the Immaculate Heart of Mary through the alleged Marian apparitions at Medjugorje. I knew without a doubt that this was the mother I encountered in 2014 at St. Mary’s Orthodox Cathedral, and she was calling me deeper. I understood that she is the mother of humanity. She is the second Eve calling us back to the second Adam. She is (small ‘c’) co-redemptrix. This inspired my conversion to the Roman Catholic Church, to live in the “Divine Will” based on the writings of Luisa Picarreta, and to complete the 33 day St. Louis de Montfort consecration to Jesus through Mary.
Alongside spiritual adoption and Holy Slavery to the Holy Family, I have a devotion to these three saints (St. Louis de Montfort, St. Faustina and St. Seraphim of Sarov). Each of these saints had a rich relationship with Mary, a deep understanding of the Mercy of Jesus, and used their sufferings to grow closer to the crucified Christ. My life's hope is to emulate them in holiness and eucharistic devotion. Iconography and family devotions are gifts God wants me to use.
As a Marian Catholic, my iconography is evolving. I hold true to the Byzantine Style while incorporating western themes and character (i.e. Western styles of Mary, Lourdes, Fatima, Western Saints). My hope is that my future icons and devotions can glorify God through his Universal Church on Earth!
In the end, the Immaculate Heart of Mary will Triumph!