Icons by the hand of Christine Jentz
Icons and The Iconographic Style
Icon figures, festal scenes and other forms of presentation are typically shown in a recognizable, standard manner. Innovation is not the aim of iconography, however there certainly are notable and creative cultural, denominational distinctions, as icons are part of a living tradition. You might find beautiful icons preserved in museums, but unlike secular art, this is not the setting for which they were created.
The general foundation for the human icon, which is prohibited in the Old Testament but permitted in the new, is that the image of God was restored in the man of Christ, who in HIS humanity manifested the true human image.
Besides Christ, the basis of all iconography, no other subject has been more depicted than Mary, the Theotokos (Greek for “Mother of God”, literally “God-Bearer”).
Holy Family Icons, much requested:
Saints, angels, biblical scenes. The icon portrays a glorified, spirit-bearing saint not as on earth, but in his/her glorified heavenly aura or state which is symbolized by a halo.
Icon prices depend upon size, complexity, and mediums requested. Egg tempera technique is a method of mixing paint with an egg binding agent. I find it to be sumptuous and so I most often employ it, but not exclusively. Synthetic binders blended with pigments and other materials work splendidly for certain types of presentations. In this case, the paint medium comes premixed or is custom mixed by myself using a professional quality, acid-free, synthetic binder. Additionally, jewel-like, illuminated manuscripts of any traditional kind and using traditional methods, can be completed on authentic calfskin vellum, museum grade papers, Bristol or whatever the client requires.
Following the ancient art tradition, every icon is layered with a linen cloth, glued and hand sanded to a smooth finish. Photos: Making a clay based gesso board.
I am and independent iconographer and not part of a mass production house. My icons are 100% handmade, using a rich and ancient method, with durable materials. They take time and skill to make and cannot be made overnight. Many icons take at least a couple of weeks, and can take months, depending on size and complexity. Think of what it costs you to live for that long. Iconographers too, have to live and pay their bills, like everyone else. When the iconographer makes a contract with you, they are committing themselves to put their life at your service for a certain amount of time. S/he will pray and paint, asking to be a channel of grace & beauty, for your life, for your church, for your parish or family.