Orthodox Christian iconographer in Boise is part of an ancient tradition

Posted by Kendall Harmon

Matthew Garrett makes a living from the tip of his paintbrush.

The 34-year-old paints nearly every day, re-creating scenes from the Bible and heavenly images of the risen Jesus, Christian saints and angels on wood and canvas. He carries forward the ancient tradition of Orthodox Christian iconography in a modest West Boise, Idaho, house that he shares with his wife, Lisa, and her cat, Cecelia.

Garrett has been commissioned by individuals and churches all over the country over the past 17 years, finding jobs through old-fashioned word-of-mouth and through his website. His work is in several churches, among them, St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Boise.

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3 Comments
Posted November 9, 2011 at 12:58 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]



1. montanan wrote:

This is a lovely story.  I would like to contact him.

November 10, 2:20 am | [comment link]
2. Jeremy Bonner wrote:

Perhaps you can commission an icon for Christ Church, Dennis. smile

November 10, 10:31 am | [comment link]
3. Br. Michael wrote:

Actually its called “writing” an Icon.  And the act of writing is a prayer to God.  I attended an Icon writing workshop and wrote a copy of the Christ of Sinai, the original is at St. Catherine’s Monastery.  The medium was acrylic on a wood panel covered with gesso.

Icons truly are windows to heaven.

November 10, 11:42 am | [comment link]
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