Religious icons ( from the Greek εἰκών eikōn “image or likeness”) are venerated artworks of Jesus, Mary, saints, or angels. The iconographer writes an icon as opposed to painting one. This indicates their close relationship to scripture and church tradition.
To those who appreciate western art, icons may seem strange or primitive. If we would begin to see with the heart and a more spiritual eye, we could discover in the icon a guide and instruction to the spiritual life, and a means of encountering and honoring those who are depicted in the icon.
Contact us if you are interested in having an icon written or have questions on this art form.
Mark also creates religious works in styles varying from classical European to modern pop. Below is a sample of smaller works. Most of his religious painting has been large-scale works for churches but small pieces can be made on request.
A project of note involved both new and old work.
When the St. Nicholas church in Mahanoy City PA closed, we were tasked with recovering and restoring large icon paintings. The bishop was so pleased with the result he had us install them in the Washington, DC seminary.
We painted new backgrounds and gilded new halos with gold leaf.
The Sermon on the Mount mural was a tight fit in a space of 9 feet high by 15 feet long. Originally they came off of a wall 18 feet high by 30 feet wide.