"I felt a stirring inside my heart to make Jesus more present to the domestic church. I wanted everyone to have a 'window into heaven'. Sacred Image Icons was born...with the mission of a holy icon in every home that the Divine Word may be made image to people, that they may look up and see and know His closeness to them."
I begin in prayer to the Holy Spirit, often directed to the saint or the scripture that I've been asked to incarnate. When I delve into the beauty and the history of each person or scene, the entire process I'm asking the Holy Spirit to guide my thoughts as I sketch out and my hands as I write the icon into existence.
Icons are windows into heaven, but not everyone knows where to look to find them. People often ask, "What does heaven look like?" Here's one way to find out. Look upon and ask someone who is there.
Oftentimes through study and inspiration, I will receive clarity from Our Lord and Our Lady and saints and they will tell me certain symbols that represent their particular charisms, that they retain in heaven as intercessors. There is a symbiosis connection between those saints and the people they've chosen for their patronage.
I also keep images of the person I'm writing the icon for before my eyes as I write.
Writing Icons is a sacred process which combines the spiritual world and the material world and truly is a collaboration between the two. How else would I, as an Iconographer, be able to co-incarnate the Word into image?
My favorite part as I write the icons is dialoguing with the saint and waiting with wonder and awe at the inevitable miracles that they will work on God's behalf in the lives of the persons who have commissioned the work of art.
It's kind of like painting a family portrait, one that I know is of someone still very much alive, and when I look at my icons, I can feel them close to me.
Sometimes I will mix in sand from the location where their feet trod, fibers or jewels representative of them, or even blessed water from a miraculous spring, such as with the icon of Lourdes.