I am a painter and Christian iconographer based in Folkestone in Kent. I have enormously enjoyed teaching over the past quarter century. During the pandemic it was sadly impossible to teach in the "hands on" way I believe to be most valuable, so I concentrated on various commissions, some of which you can see here on the Icons page. I go back as far as 2011, when I started full time training with Irina Gorbounova-Lomax in Brussels. It is useful to see one or two pieces produced before that for comparison. In the early months of 2023 I was asked if I would start a school of iconographic technique at Ealing Abbey. You can read more about this on the dedicated page on this website.
The rest of the website is intended to give an insight into the way an icon is conceived and produced. An iconographer strives to understand the effect of natural law on matter; but always has in mind that God is the Creator of that matter, and that natural law and all things are subject to Him. We train our minds to accept, and our hands to draw, objects defying gravity and water flowing uphill, perspective turned inside out and flesh emanating light. The great challenge is to do this in a way which both convinces the viewer, and is beautiful and noble enough to honour God, and hopefully bring us closer to Him.
Prayer helps but practice is essential, hours and hours of drawing and brush technique. I’ve published here some of the exercises devised by Irina and some that I have devised myself over the years. Do feel free to use them yourselves if you feel inspired to. I hope you will.
Good luck and God’s blessings on your work.
His Holiness Pope Francis blesses the Dowry Icon of Our Lady of Walsingham.
With Cardinal Nichols and Monsignor John Armitage, Rome, February 2020
Full-time training at Brussels Academy of Iconography under Irina Gorbounova-Lomax. Accredited by the Russian Orthodox Archbishopric of Belgium and Brussels.
Part-time training undertaken in all aspects of iconography.
First awareness of Christian iconography as art, prayer, catechesis and expression of faith.
Teacher of Mische Technique in Adult Education and Charity Executive
Marriage and Motherhood.
Ernst Fuch's Mische technique with Brigid Marlin in Austria
Working in Art Therapy at Oakwood Psychiatric Hospital, Maidstone.
BA Fine Art Canterbury College of Art and West Surrey College Art and Design.
Commissions undertaken for Peel Cathedral, Isle of Man, St Martin’s Church, Cheriton, St Nicholas Church, Newington, St Mildred’s Abbey, Minster, St Thomas of Canterbury Church, Winchelsea, St Augustine’s Catholic Church, Ramsgate, St Richard of Chichester Catholic Church, Dover, St Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church, Sandwich, Our Lady Help of Christians, Folkestone, Slipper Chapel Walsingham and the Archdiocese of Southwark, St John the Evangelist at Kensal Green, and Canterbury Cathedral. Icons in many private collections.
Workshops given at home and abroad, in all aspects of iconography, to children, lay men and women, priests and religious.
Exhibitions in Oare (Divine Dimensions), Nairobi, London, Brussels.