I began "writing" icons in 1998 just after I moved to Seattle. It was an art form by which I was previously repelled - thinking they were bad art and possibly graven images. Feeling alone in a new city, I was searching for a creative outlet that fit my interior longing. Through various events, God led me to a person who was teaching a weekly icon class at a Byzantine Catholic church. Icons had not been part of my Protestant faith tradition and my classical art training caused me to struggle with this new way of stylized painting in which there was no obvious light source, no "shadows," and in which the perspective was reversed!At times I have considered quitting iconography because I felt like an outsider. However, because I have found this art expression so personally and spiritually fulfilling, I continue in faith. Icons call out to me, speaking of God's love for His Creation. Through obedience to the forms of this ancient sacred language, I find artistic freedom. Since an iconographer works from traditional prototypes that have been followed for centuries, I choose each icon that I write carefully, listening for the direction of the Holy Spirit. I still struggle - there is so much to learn on this journey! My icons are like a journal; each one has a story. While I work, I listen to soothing sacred music. My mission is introducing icons to people who might otherwise never see or understand them because I see them as messages of God's Grace. There are high quality ultrachrome prints available to purchase with explanitory labels on the back. When I display my visual journals (original icons) and speak to anyone about them, I hope to encourage an understanding between denominations through these "Windows into Heaven". Icons reveal a Heaven that has no more tears, no more pain. There is total forgiveness, joy and understanding in a place where I believe even Eden sings.To God be the Glory.