Works other than Icons
I haven’t always been an iconographer, and I have enjoyed many subjects: portraiture, still-life, wildlife, landscapes…although the prevailing topic is the human form. From Russian Nesting Dolls , lino-prints to Ukrainian Easter Eggs, I have done many different things, and occasionally I still do, to keep me nimble. Here are just a few examples of my work, some calling on the vocabulary of iconography.
My first set of Matryoshka dolls, showing the orders of clergy in the Orthodox Church. Patriarch–St. Tikhon of Moscow; Metropolitan: St. Innocent of Moscow; Bishop: Bishop Seraphim of Ottawa; Priest: Fr. Stephan Keaschuk; Deacon: Fr. Andrew Piasta; Subdeacon: John Panasiuk; Reader: Me…This was painted when I was at that ranking. Things have changed! Acrylic on wooden dolls. Artist’s collection. 1991.
My second set of Matryoshka dolls, showing the orders of clergy in the Orthodox Church. Patriarch–St. Tikhon of Moscow; Metropolitan: St. Innocent of Moscow; Bishop: Metropolitan Theodosius of Washington; Priest: Fr. Basil Summer; Deacon: Fr. Michael…; Subdeacon: Fr. Alexander Rentel; Reader: Me…This was a private commission; the commissioner selected who was going to be represented. Acrylic on wooden dolls. Private collection. 1992.
This was a commission from my cousin Pauline, doll # 4. It is her family and was a Christmas gift. In order from oldest to youngest: My Aunt Evelyn, Uncle Bill, Mark (Pauline’s Husband), Pauline, Terrence (her brother), Amanda (his wife) and baby–at the time of painting, he wasn’t born, hence the yellow onesie.
Each figure has an attribute showing something indicating their interests: Auntie Evelyn, embroidery; Uncle Bill, a tomato plant; Mark, computers; Pauline, her cow mug; Terrence is a singer; Amanda is an elementary school teacher…and William Walter has a rattle and a cross. Egg tempera on wooden doll forms. Private collection. 2013
Sun Si Miao. Image Size: 23.3 x 25.4 cm. Egg tempera and verigated metal and copper foil on Claybord panel. Private collection. Penticton, British Columbia. 2008.
Sun Si Miao. 60 x 90 cm. Egg tempera and imitation gold on Claybord panel. Private collection. Penticton, British Columbia. 2009
Divine Justice. Image Size: 28 x 35.6 cm. Egg tempera on Claybord panel. Private collection. Airdrie, Alberta. 2012.
Portrait of Hwa Toh, one of the founders of Chinese Acupuncture. 28 x 35.6 cm. Egg tempera on Claybord panel. Private collection. Edmonton, Alberta. 2012.
I doodle in class: this is one of them, when we were being lectured on the iconography of angels. I was remembering Timothy Findley’s “Not Wanted on the Voyage”.
A drawing of the Burgess Madonna by Michelangelo. Another Christmas Card idea.
A drawing from Raphael’s Madonna of the Chair. I did it for a Christmas card for friends I met at Valamo Monastery. 2000