Christ Pantocrator

Hand painted icon of Christ Pantocrator

Pantocrator means Ruler of All (not just all people, but everything). In this type of icons Christ is seen holding a book or a scroll in his left hand, his right hand is raised in a gesture of blessing. Christ is shown wearing a blue outer garment – symbolising divinity, and earthy red under garment […]

St Seraphim of Sarov (1754 – 1833)

Tamara Penwell's icon of Saint Seraphim of Sarov

Everybody’s favourite saint. The most renowned Orthodox monk and mystic, and spiritual elder. St Seraphim was a true giant of contemplative prayer, having spent 25 years living as a hermit in the forest of Sarov. For three of those years Seraphim prayed every night, all night kneeling on a rock, with his arms raised. St […]

Saint John the Forerunner

Tamara Penwell's icon of Saint John the Forerunner

Also known as St John the Baptist. One of the most intriguing and enigmatic characters in the Bible and a fascinating subject to paint. About St John the Forerunner there are more questions than answers. He is known as “The friend of the Bridegroom”, “the voice of one crying in the wilderness”, “the witness who […]