How does an icon come into being? Have you ever met an iconographer or thought of having an icon painted ‘just for you’ or for a specific Church or occasion? How does the process begin?

Initially, an informal email or phone call through this blog or contact on twitter is best. We can discuss why you would like the icon and the subject. I have a waiting list so it is always good to contact me as soon as possible.

Prices range considerably, depending on type of board you would like, amount of gilding and gold leaf, the size and number of figures. The current rate starts for a postcard-sized, intimate icon, like the small one of St Flora (gilded) from around £145.  I do not recommend full-size figures on boards smaller than 30cm/12 inches tall – the detail possible is far greater on the larger board. Different shapes of boards are available, in consultation with board maker Dylan Hartley: triptychs, round or arch-headed boards, crosses for the memorial table are all possible.

After an initial discussion, we agree on a timetable for the icon, including size, subject, board and cost: at this point a deposit is payable to secure the waiting list position, board, and so I can begin work in due course. Board prices do not include postage, which will of course vary. I use very secure packaging, tracked beginning to end by a courier, to ensure that the icons arrive safely and are insured in transit.

The process of commissioning an icon is a very simple one, and one that I enjoy very much. It gives us the opportunity to discuss the subject of the icon and your intention for it, which I love to know about. Please do get in touch and I look forward to helping you see the icon you are looking for come into being.