My name is Alexandra. I am a retired social worker and counsellor, now painter and amateur writer. I trained in hagiography in my sixties, in the technique of the Mount Athos Pachomius monks, who combine the Greek Orthodox schools developed in Byzantine times. Painting is a deeply spiritual, euphoric experience for me, a way to merge with the divine, to experience grace. The iconographer copies the original in their unique style and approach. I love experimenting with colour, sometimes contrary to tradition. Original icons were ‘written’ in egg tempera on wood, mosaic, fresco, tapestry. They depict Jesus, Mary holding Jesus, angels, saints, apostles, prophets. They are highly symbolic, e.g in their use of colour. They are images of faces, full-length figures, scenes representing days in the church calendar, Bible narrative scenes. Figures are elongated, eyes are large and shadowed, eyebrows arched, noses long, mouths closed, hands stylised; perspective is flattened.