Hello!!! I am Mark Schaefering and this is my first blog entry. I am an iconographer in St. Louis, Missouri. I paint byzantine icons and also teach classes. I am rather new to this profession. I worked in banks for 25 years and then as a florist for 6. I had attended a few classes to learn byzantine iconography taught Philip by Master Iconographer Zimmermann when due to the downturn in the economy I lost my job at the florist where I was working. So to reinvent myself I began developing my knowledge and ability in iconography. At the urging of a student who had also attended some of Phil Zimmerman’s classes I began teaching a small group of women here in St. Louis and the rest, as they say, is history.
As I write this first blog entry I am attempting to paint an image I have never attempted before. I am painting St. John of Kronstadt. John of Kronstadt was a very important figure in Orthodoxy in Russia prior to the Revolution. He was a married priest who lived with his wife Elizabeth as “brother and sister”. He became well known for his sermons, his dedication to the poor and those who were ill and for the ability through his prayers to call down God’s healing upon those in need. during the time St. John lived it was uncommon for the faithful in Russia to commune often. Through St. John’s writings and preaching St. John encouraged frequent and it is why in his icons he is shown holding a chalice in his left hand and pointing to it with his right.
More to follow as I progress. St. John of Krostadt intercede to Christ for us that he may save our souls.