The Washing (of the Disciple’s Feet), 2020.

Worshipping with the Saints,
here and now.

The Conestoga Iconographic Studio exists with a mission to root the experience of God in the time and place in which we live. It does this by creating icons with a simple style and in a way that is holy. You can watch the studio’s videos and read its articles to find out more.

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Icon of St. Andrew with Fr. Colin and Shannon in PEI.

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Paper icons are part of a more recent tradition within the church. Found in the private cells of modern saints, they profoundly enter our daily lives in the collections they form in our homes. They offer an iconographic portal to heaven in a way that can be very dear in our prayers. Often given as tokens of generosity and love to friends and children, they are the embodiment of God’s freely given love even in their unassuming simplicity.


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Painting Noah amid the animals

FacebookTweetPinEmail One of the icons painted this summer was Noah the Just. As a saint chosen to be part of the studio’s Icons at Home Project, and as an icon that I was planning to highlight in an article for Mortise & Tenon, it was one that I looked forward to on many different levels. What … Read more

New Article in Mortise & Tenon Magazine

Facebook14TweetPinEmail Without a doubt, my favourite woodworking magazine is Mortise & Tenon. It is a publication that always has exceptional and profound articles, along with photos that are beautiful and inspiring. Last year the editors and I spoke about the possibility of writing for them on the topic of making an icon panel, and I’m … Read more

The Washing of the Disciples’ Feet

FacebookTweetPinEmail The belief that icons reveal the eternal truth embodied in Jesus Christ within the place and time is at the centre of the studio’s work here in Conestoga. It was with great joy that the studio accepted a commission to paint an icon of the Washing of the Disciples’ Feet last year.  The Washing … Read more

The Making of the Washing

FacebookTweetPinEmail During the months of April, May, and June, this icon of the Washing of the Disciples’ Feet was created at the Conestoga Iconographic Studio. Since the patron, David, lives in California, he couldn’t visit the studio to see the progress for himself. Instead of that, regular photos were sent to him as the icon … Read more


A 5 minute video about the work of The Conestoga Iconographic Studio and its approach to making sacred icons.

Special thanks to the monks at Holy Transfiguration Hermitage for their kind permission in using their music. To hear their whole album, visit thechoir.bandcamp.com/album/orthodox-hymns-in-gregorian-chant


Symeon’s iconography is a hymn of praise.

When Saint John of Damascus wrote his defence of the icons, On the Divine Images, itself a deep meditation on the meaning of the Incarnation he affirmed the sacrality of all God’s creation from the molecular composition of minerals, the glory of the cedars of Lebanon, celestial bodies, indeed, the whole of the cosmos. The Incarnation calls us to a deep regard for every human being and all creatures, the beauty of flora and fauna, indeed, the earth under our feet. The earth we walk is a reliquary and minerals and metals of each particular place a sacred treasure. Symeon’s iconography, drawing as it does on the local palette of each region of Canada, is a hymn of praise calling each of us to a deeper regard for our fragile world, a deeper attention to the Holy Spirit who “is everywhere present and fillest all things”.
David J. Goa
Founding Director. Chester Ronning Centre for the Study of Religion and Public Life, University of Alberta