The Orthodox tradition of “writing” an icon involves gilding with gold leaf and creating tempera paints by mixing a medium of egg yolk and wine with dry pigments such as cinnabar, lead white, indigo and ocher. Color is applied in six to eight layers on a wooden board, which has been prepared with cloth and multiple layers of gesso. The result is rich, deeply saturated, colorful image.
Laura Clerici has been studying iconography since 1999 with the Prosopon School of Iconology and has experience with large icons, appropriate for churches, as well as smaller images for homes. She approaches her art in the traditional way, as a spiritual practice. The iconographer seeks to represent the image of the event or the person depicted in the icon, but principally, she hopes to make people aware of the Divine, Uncreated Light, which permeates all things and which particularly evident in the lives of holy people.
Laura retired from the State Department in 2006. She shows her work at several venues in Northern Virginia. She takes commissions and since retirement has lectured about iconography with art groups, at churches and in public high schools. She is also a volunteer chaplain at the Inova Alexandria Hospital.