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Commissioning an Icon

Icon of Saint Andrew being held.
Blessing homes: Fr. Colin and Shannon, Charlottetown, PEI.

The reasons for commissioning a new icon are beautifully varied. Icons from the studio have been created for new churches, moving to a new home, the birth of a child, and the desire to honour a newly canonized saint. In each case, the commissioned icon represents a new revelation of that holy person or event made by hand from the land.

Blessing churches: St. John the Evangelist, Elora, ON.

Commissioning an icon begins with making contact with the studio. After that, a follow-up conversation by phone is usually arranged to discuss details like the icon’s desired figure or subject, size, budget, and timeline. After these details are arranged satisfactorily, a non-refundable deposit of 20% is usually requested.

The conversation continues when the icon’s target date draws closer with the iconographer presenting a black & white drawing to the patron. This cartoon is the result of prayerful study and provides an outline of the figure or festival being depicted for the patron to consider. Occasionally changes are made at this point, but once everyone involved is content with the drawing, it is transferred to the icon’s prepared panel, and the work begins.

The painting progress of the icon is usually photographed and shared with the patron with occasional updates. These images are not for critique, but to share the joy of the icon taking shape and offering the patron a special glimpse into the studio’s work. Once the icon is finished, the studio arranges its shipping at the patron’s expense. The finished icon then arrives ready for a church blessing and installation in the home or church for which it was commissioned.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of commissioning an icon?

The cost of commissioning an icon takes into consideration the quality of work, material costs and the time of the iconographer and his family. Each icon is a unique work of liturgical art, crafted from the highest quality materials found in the studio’s local environment. Each icon often takes months to finish, and as such, cost thousands of dollars to commission. To receive a detailed quote, please contact the studio.

How long does it take to receive an icon?

Commissions are currently booked up to two years in advance. When planning for the icon’s creation, a liturgical or personal celebration is usually identified to set a deadline. Once everything is arranged, everything is done to have the icon received by the patron in time for that event.

The Studio is accepting commissions for 2021

Please use the form below to contact the studio about the possibility of commissioning an icon.