The Goddesses and Gods I paint and gild through my craft are the same Gods worshiped by the Egyptians millennia ago, and these are gods who receive our worship, hear our prayers, heal our bodies, provide joy and redemption, and grant us eternal life. They are not the superstitious byproducts of a defunct civilization and dead religion, nor a "New Age" concept of divine archetypes of a single, unified supraconsciousness.
The Gods, the Netjeru I consecrate in my icons, are living gods with their own personalities, powers, spheres of influence, and unique relationships with their devotees. They exist, each in their own right, independent of human thought and human will, and yet interact with us, court our worship and our devotion, and interact with us through our prayers and desires. To know their love is to know the unconditional love of a parent to a child, and the ultimate reality of creation through which immortality is possible.
The process undertaken to execute an icon from start to finish is very involved, and can sometimes be of considerable duration (2 to 3 months), but I would like to offer here a brief highlight of the principal stages in my production of an icon panel, for those who may be interested in what it is that I as a Kemetic iconographer actually do.
Iregard my work as a Kemetic iconographer as the continuation of a five-thousand year old tradition of crafting sacred images that become the repository of the very Gods they represent. In these regards, I do not see my work as an exercise in modern art, painting for the sake of expressing the view my human ego has of my world. Although this is a perfectly legitimate and respectable profession, the profession of icon making comes from a completely different impulse, and it should be- if being applied correctly- an impersonal act to glorify the deity, not the artist.
My icons are not Egyptology/ archaeology art, nor are they "mythological" art. I have maintained a lifelong passion for ancient Egyptian culture, art and archaeology, which of course includes the avid study of Egyptology and the discoveries and scholarship of academic Egyptologists; however, my practice of Kemetic iconography is not part of an intellectual exercise or exploration of Egyptian history and "mythology". It is instead a vital component of the living practice of my religion, which is the original and ancient religious tradition of the Egyptian people.
Creating an Icon