Select Page

Icon Cases



Icons get transported for all sorts of reasons. They are taken on trips. They are stored in closets or under the bed. They are taken to church. They are after all liturgical objects, made for use by those who love them. They are not meant to be put behind glass in a museum. So, here are the cases I have made for the icons I am currently painting. I got the idea from my friend Fr. Charles LaFond – a great lover and collector of icons.

A bit of instruction for the craftspersons among you. I made them from “fleece” that I bought at JoAnn’s. These seven cases were made from three yards. The black cotton twill tape I ordered off Amazon. It cost about $18 for 100 yards.

I am going to let the photos tell the story. If you need more information, email me.  I will tell you that I sew on the tape before I run the seams up the sides. That’s the only tricky bit.




In the Wilderness . . .

Women's March Passing Beneath My Window

Women’s March Passing Beneath My Window

The “wilderness” of ancient Judea was a place of danger and death, a place to be feared and avoided. It was in that wilderness that John called people to change their lives and prepare the way of God.

With his angel’s wings, John is the immortal messenger moving through time and space, shouting, “In your wilderness, prepare yourself to see God where God is, to do the work of God, here and now!!” John preached repentance/change and the sign for that was washing in the river. The baptism did not just mean cleaning our bodies but also cleaning up our act.

I am not sure, but last week’s marchers may well have been doing just that. The marchers were saying that they would be seriously working to save the environment and make life better for all human beings.

Recently Mother Evelyn here at Saint John’s Cathedral in Denver posed the question: “How do we keep our faith and our dreams when we find ourselves in the wilderness?”

We pray. We help others. We work to save the environment. We march.

And whatever else it takes.

2017 Declared Golden Year!!!!!!!!


Booklets of Gold Leaf

Booklets of Gold Leaf

I have always loved working with gold, whether it was couching Japanese gold thread on silk embroideries, going wild with artificial gold thread on machine embroidery, or laying 24K gold on egg tempera paintings.

Gold catches the eye and accentuates whatever it touches. Gold makes the message it enhances even more precious.

Not only is gold itself costly, so is the learning and time to acquire the necessary skill to lay it properly.

If I put gold on a painting or icon, it makes me the artist sit up and take notice. I have to plan more meticulously, work more carefully, and, above all, finish and hang the piece.

By reflecting the faces of those who stand before it, highly burnished gold even brings the viewer into the icon itself.

Finally, so much gold is just flat cool.

So, 2017 is “My Golden Year.” I promise you will be seeing a lot more gold in my work.

Maybe by the end of the year I will have The Midas Touch.