Welcome. I am a Catholic artist making work for churches, personal devotion and the sacred liturgy. Joining the ranks of liturgical artists and craftspeople across the centuries, my constant aim is to profess in form and colour, in wood, paint and stone, that:

The Word became Flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory.

I paint using tempera and gilding, carve in wood and stone, and create mosaics and murals, as well as preparing designs for other artists. My work lies firmly within the venerable tradition of Christian iconography, drawing especially on the Early Christian, Byzantine and Medieval periods.

I have experience in a wide variety of projects – both in Britain and internationally – from small icons painted on wood to hanging crucifixes, stone altars, large-scale mosaics and design schemes for entire churches. The starting point for all these works, big or small, are the lives of the saints, the Word of God and the sacramental presence of Christ in the liturgy.

After I graduated from the Royal College of Art, my journey in sacred art and iconography started in 2012 when I embarked on a full-time apprenticeship with the Orthodox iconographer Aidan Hart. Since then I have had the privilege of learning from a true master and assisting him on major assignments, including works for Lincoln Cathedral and large mosaic and wall-painting projects. In 2014 I also began to receive my own commissions which now account for the majority of my work.

In 2013 I became a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust scholar. QEST is an organisation founded by Royal Warrant holders to ‘fund the education of talented and aspiring craftspeople . . . [and] sustain Britain’s cultural heritage’

Sacred art need not be extravagant or expensive but should always be made with integrity and longevity in mind.  As Britian’s foremost liturgical designer, Augustus Pugin, wrote: ‘Let every man build to God according to his means, but not practice showy deceptions; it is better to do a little substantially and consistently with truth, than to produce great but fictitious effect’. The best works of Christian iconography use beautiful materials and time-honoured techniques with insight, love and care. More details of the traditional methods I employ can be found in the Techniques section.

I hope you enjoy the images on this site. If you have a project you would like to discuss, whether for your church or home, I would be delighted to hear from you. If you would like to receive a very occasional newsletter, please sign up by clicking here.

“It is the task of the iconographer to open our eyes to the actual presence of the Kingdom in the world, and to remind us that though we see nothing of its splendid liturgy, we are, if we believe in Christ the Redeemer, in fact living and worshipping as “fellow citizens of the angels and saints, built upon the chief cornerstone with Christ.”

– Thomas Merton

SELECTED COMMISSIONS AND PROJECTS

2020

Wall paintings at St Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Baddesley Clinton. As well as the wall painting schema in the sanctuary, this project includes designing the complete decoration of church’s interior including stenciling in the nave and the baptistery. Current project, due for completion in July before the parish’s 150th anniversary in September 2020.

 

2019

Polychromed and gilded statue of the Virgin Hodegetria, private collection.

Icon of St Willibrord commissioned for the Catholic chaplaincy at Hull University.

Large altarpiece dedicated to the Lancaster Martyrs. St Joseph’s Catholic Church, Lancaster.

Wall-painting schema for St Francis of Assisi Church, Baddesley Clinton.

Designs for an altar carving. St John Orthodox Church, Austin, Texas.

 

2018

Designs for the reordering of a Catholic church in Britain, including designs for the altar, ambo, and other furnishings.

Hanging crucifix icon for a Norman church. St James Priory, Bristol.

Mosaic of St George. St George Orthodox Christian Church, Houston, Texas.

Oak carving of Christ in Glory. St John Orthodox Church, Austin, Texas.

 

2017

Icons of Blessed Charles de Foucauld, Christ the Gardener, St Edmund, and St Benedict.

Carved and polychromed coat of arms for the Bishop of Shrewsbury.

Triptych icon of the Holy Family. Private client.

Assisted Aidan Hart in a major wall painting project, depicting the Transfiguration, for the Catholic Chaplaincy at Lancaster University.

 

2016

Mosaic of the Archangel Michael for a private chapel in London.

Limestone carving of the Mother of God. Christ the King Orthodox Church, Omaha, Illinois.

Hanging crucifix icon. Egg tempera on tulipwood. Catholic Chaplaincy, Bristol University.

Assisting Aidan Hart in a variety of design projects, including wall-painting proposals for St Chad’s Oratory, Manchester and designs for the Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Ennismore Gardens, London.

Graduated with a Diploma in Icon Painting from the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts, London.

 

2015

Began working with Aidan Hart on a mosaic commission for St George Orthodox Christian Church, Houston, Texas. The church commissioned two mosaics, each measuring 5 × 3 metres, of the Crucifixion and Resurrection. The mosaics took around 3,500 hours to complete and were made from around 500,000 tesserae. The mosaics were competed and installed in 2017.

 

2014

Assisted Aidan Hart to create a large limestone carving of the Mother of God for Lincoln Cathedral.

Carved an altar, designed by Aidan Hart, for the Catholic Chaplaincy at Cambridge University.

Carved a limestone icon stand for St Mary Magdalene Orthodox Church, Madrid.

 

2013

Awarded Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust scholarship. QEST is an organisation founded by Royal Warrant holders to ‘fund the education of talented and aspiring craftspeople . . . [and] sustain Britain’s cultural heritage’.

 

2012

Began work as Aidan Hart’s full-time apprentice and, over the following two years, worked on a wide variety of projects primarily in mosaic, carving, and design.

 

2010-2011

Worked as an assistant to adults and children with learning disabilities in Israel and as a member of the L’Arche community in France.

 

2009

Graduated with a Masters degree from the Royal College of Art.

 

2008

Graduated with a First Class Honours degree in Fine Art from Chelsea College of Art.

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