"CIVA was approached by 1517 Media, the ministry of publishing of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, requesting contact information for you as their curator has selected your piece "John the Baptist 1" as one…"
Iconographer Mary Jane Miller has developed an exquisite and distinctive voice as a Byzantine style writer of icons, adapting the style and subjects of the Orthodox tradition to express her personal spiritual journey. She boldly substitutes women for men in traditional scenes such as the Foot…See More
By Mary Jane MillerMary Jane Miller from San Miguel Allende has been working on a new collection of contemporary icons calledOn Holy Ground. The work focuses on care for our planet Earth. “I began working on the collection at Vaughan Park Retreat Center, Auckland, NZ in September 2019. The entire…See More
Mary Jane goes in depth on a journey at Vaughan Park NZ during her Art Scholarship the past two months. When finished she will share her finished icons from the collection called, On Holy Ground.The collection of images focuses on our humane relationship to this divine planet. Some may not think of Earth as being divinely inspired or having come about from the divine.…See More
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Artist / Personal Statement
How do Artists transform ideas into our work?
The question is, how can the work transform me into an idea. Iconographers are always trying to paint what we cannot see. Iconographers live in a twisted dimension: as you paint you theoretically become the image. Internally iconographers believe “beauty will save the world”, the beauty of humankind and our potential to see the divine in all things.
Accomplishments / CV
For 20 years I made money, it was a job and a service. I messed around in plenty of mediums and treated clients honestly. I gave them what I thought they wanted as best and creatively as I could. I said yes to everything and every medium, murals, weaving, furniture, etc. At the age of 40, I was invited to an icon writing workshop with an orthodox priest. That first icon encounter swept me up like a wave. From then on, I was driven to reproduce these ancient images.
I appreciate your comments and am happy to be a friend. (I am very guilty of not spending as much time on the CIVA site as is ideal.) I enjoyed seeing your lovely work and your "silent meditative" comments regards aspects of working are also true for me!! You may also like the work of Heidi Petersen, a friend of mine. May God bless you.