About

Dr. Katherine Sanders was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Her search for God led to her joining the Orthodox Church in 1996, while studying for an MA (Hons) in Religious Studies at the University of Edinburgh. She focused on the Hebrew Bible and Ancient Near East, learning Biblical Hebrew and Ugaritic cuneiform along with studying world religious traditions. She completed her Ph.D. in Bronze Age Syrian Mythology, studying the texts discussing the Ugaritic deity Ba’al and his mythology, under the supervision of Professor Emeritus Nicolas Wyatt, at the University of Edinburgh. After studying iconography with Aidan Hart for ten years, Katherine received the formal blessing of His Eminence Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain to work as an iconographer, faithful to the Orthodox Church and its Traditions. Her focus is on an invigorated, authentic and yet dynamic approach to iconography, using the ancient proplasmos and membrane techniques as appropriate to the subject. She seeks to present Christ and His Saints as transfigured and transformed but fully human, in order that we may be drawn towards our own theosis and understanding of the Creation’s role in our fulfilment of a truly God-centred life. She only works in traditional egg tempera, using genuine gold leaf and pigments from precious stones and the very Earth around us. She has recently begun to paint a broader range of subjects inspired by her mentor Irina Gorbunova-Lomax. An experienced singer in choirs of both Slavonic and Greek Byzantine style, her daily involvement with the Church informs both her work as an iconographer and her family life. She is a mother, and is owned by a small Greek rescue dog. When not painting or mothering, she can usually be found in her garden, growing vegetables and listening to birds, and loves knitting when it is too dark to garden.