Reverse painting on glass is a technique found throughout the world, especially in central and eastern Europe. It grew to particular prominence in Transylvania. While there are countless crafters of icoane pe sticla in Romania, there are few in the United States who accept commissions.
I began painting icons on glass in the spring of 2006. About a year earlier, in August 2005, I was part of OCMC's short-term mission team to Romania. Early in the trip, I was asked by Bishop Vasile of Cluj whether I painted icons on wood or glass. At first, I thought this was a ridiculous question--why would I, an American with no Romanian heritage, paint on glass? However, after spending three weeks in Romania and seeing numerous examples, both old and new, the technique fascinated me. Almost a year later, with a little research, I began working on glass.
All icons on glass are painted using oil paints. They can have gold, metal or painted backgrounds. Standard sizes (4x6, 5x7, 8x10, etc) are available. I can copy an existing glass icon, a Byzantine-style icon, a Western-style icon, or create something totally new. Once an order is placed, I usually purchase a frame that fits with the style of the icon, unless the customer has a frame they would like used. If you are interested in placing an order, please contact me for more information.
Our Lady of Mariapovch/Mariapocs with Basilica Shrine
Saint Stylianos/Stelian, Protector of Children
Saint John Maximovitch in Vestments
Saint John Maximovitch with Hand-Carved Wooden Frame