2023: After an incredibly busy 2022, in which I completed a great many commissions, I was finally able to rest by brushes and begin my sabbatical. In September, I returned to the Courtauld Institute of Art to read for a second MA, snappily entitled “Byzantium and its Rivals: Art, Display and Cultural Identity in the Christian and Islamic Mediterranean.” I am privileged to be supervised by Professor Antony Eastmond on this journey into new geographical and historical territories.

As reflected in the course title, Byzantine scholarship has developed and broadened its scope enormously in recent years, with much new work being done in exciting areas and from new perspectives, all of which inspires further research and enquiry. With this in mind, I will be continuing my studies at PhD level, and when possible, offering courses designed to help icon painters navigate the complexities of Byzantine art and iconography.

More news soon about Icon Adventures Summer School 2023, but for now, here’s to life-long learning!