Elena E. Mavrodieva has been painting icons for almost 20 years. She was born in Volgograd in 1974 and studied at the University of Moscow, where she got a M.A. in Bibliography and the History of Old Russian and Byzantine painting (1996). She also studied with Irina V. Vatagina and Vera Y. Karpova. The training took place at the school associated with the Church of St. Nicholas the Wonderworker founded on Maroseika Street in Moscow by Sister Iuliania (Maria Sokolova) to preserve the traditions of Old Russian and Byzantine painting. Elena learned how to use the canonically established technique and traditional natural materials. Most importantly, she learned how to understand and to recreate the spirit and the unique significance of the Orthodox icon. Elena gladly accepts custom orders and paints for commission.For more information on obtaining your own beautifully hand-painted icon, please contact (352) 337-6697 or elenamavrodieva@yandex.ru We decided to display some of the beautiful icons in her portfolio on our website.

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Mihaela Pastor has learned iconography in the workshops of the Romanian Patriarchate in Bucharest (http://www.atelierelepatriarhiei.ro/). Besides iconography, she has also learned metalworking, particularly gold and silver jewelry. She has presented her work--both icons and metalwork--in several exhibits in Romania, Norway, and Switzerland. As an iconographer, she has painted the iconostasis of the Orthodox Church in Brosteni, near Pitesti, Romania, as shown in one of the attached pictures. She has also painted the iconostasis of the Greek-Catholic (Uniate) Church in Fagaras, Romania. We decided to display some of the beautiful icons in her portfolio on our website. More icons, some of which have been shown in a personal exhibit in Stavanger, Norway, may be found on her blog at http://mihaelapastor.blogspot.com/2010/09/icoane-norvegia-mai-iunie-2010.html