Handcrafted artworks by Christine M. Jentz
Samples of Work
Traditional, egg tempera panel painting is a technique that I often employ and on traditional handmade boards. Additionally, I receive requests for acrylic paint works. In this case, the paints and gesso come premixed or are custom mixed by myself using powder pigments and a professional quality, synthetic binder. I paint jewel-like, illuminated manuscripts of any kind on traditional calfskin vellum (parchment), museum grade papers or board.
"About fine art. Handmade, in a rich and ancient method, with durable materials, they take time and skill to make. An icon or other artwork cannot be made overnight. Many paintings 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 and painters 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".