Q: I have a favorite icon that I don't see in your portfolio. Do you take custom requests for certain Saints or images?
A: Absolutely! I'm happy to work with you to design an icon to your preferences, insofar that it stays within the general canons of traditional iconography. This can all be discussed through an email dialogue prior to the start of a commission.
Q: I can't afford a large icon. Is a smaller icon cheaper?
A: This is probably my most frequently asked question! Each icon, no matter how big or small requires many, many hours of work. While for most things, smaller is often "cheaper", such is not the case for writing icons. Smaller icons require more detail, finer brush strokes, and often MORE time than a moderately sized icon. Generally, anything smaller than an 8"x10" loses some of the beauty in the detailed rendering.
Q: How long does it take you to paint a commissioned icon?
A: Each icon is unique in it's complexity. The more elaborate the design, the longer it takes to complete. But generally, I can complete your icon within a four to six week timeline. If I anticipate that it will take longer, the time frame will be communicated to you beforehand.
Q: Can I pay through PayPal?
A: Yes. Please email me directly if this is your payment preference.
Q: I am surprised by the prices. Don't you offer any for less than $50?
A: It is my greatest desire to make these hand-painted icons available to anyone who loves them, and who will appreciate them in their home. If price is an issue, please email me to discuss further. I would hope that I can work with you and your budget to make them available to you.
Please keep in mind that hand-painted artwork is time-consuming. Beyond just the expense of materials, you are also investing in my years of experience and study, my knowledge of iconography, the planning and design elements that happen before the brush meets the board, and the communication we exchange to create a one-of-a-kind piece of sacred art for you. Additionally, these commissions require many, many hours of work to complete. While Amazon or Monastery Icons might be able to offer you a mediocre icon for far cheaper, I can assure you that it will not have the rich glow or unique touch that handmade artwork can offer.
Q: You work in acrylic and not the traditional egg tempera. Is that even allowed?
A: While acrylic is not the traditional medium, it renders a very similar final product. I use the same techniques of traditional iconography.
Q: Are the halos made of real gold?
A: Yes. I use 23k gold leaf on the halos.
Q: Do you offer classes for small groups?
A: Yes. I'm happy to discuss the details and logistics of organizing a class.