Maria Pente

Maria is an icon painter on the island of Patmos in Greece.

10 Responses to “Maria Pente”

  1. Marlene says:

    Beautiful work. I love her shrug-of-the-shoulders, “I just learned” attitude. Again, you seem to find wonderful people to interview.

  2. Alex says:

    Isn’t she cute? I loved her work, and even got an icon (“without gold”) for myself. We have been so fortunate in meeting some truly wonderful people on our travels.

  3. liz says:

    Thank you for explaining the process.
    Let’s try it.


  4. Jane Allewelt says:

    Maria does beauiful works, using the ancient method of ground colors and egg as a binder, this is a method used in the ranassance. Many of the churches that have this type of paintings, have had the pictures cleandd of candle smoke and dust buildup, and the paintings are bright and beautiful again.

    Thanks for sharing Maria’s beutiful Icon paintings, and her bright and cheerful outlook.

    Love, Jane

  5. Alexandra Dickerman says:

    We need to find a teacher of Icon Painting as a Meditation. Maybe Google it? Fun!

  6. Alexandra Dickerman says:

    The Byzantine Icons are not thought of as art, rather they are considered “windows to the divine.” As such they are very stylized, and painting them is ritualized — the highlights represent various stages of salvation. (Wouldn’t it be fun to try it?)

  7. Tyrell says:

    Charming painter, wonderful work.

  8. Alexandra Dickerman says:

    (Her cute dimple reminded me of you.) We want to form an icon painting class — I bought some neat books on their imagery and the process. Do you want to teach it?

  9. Barbara Lindstrom says:

    Been away so a little late to respond. “It’s her blessing.” Well…that’s it, I guess. Thanks so much for introducing us to her and the wonderful icons. Interesting how she says that people need color.

    I just got back from a short trip to NYC and saw some icons at the Metropolitan. So, to see this wonderful woman working with her egg tempora colors right there in her little studio so simply is really telling. That’s how it’s done!! Wow. Definitely jealous.

    Thanks again.


  10. Alexandra Dickerman says:

    I have a couple more interviews with icon painters from Greece to work on; they are all so interesting and inspiring. I ordered some books on the symbolism and meaning of icons, and we are trying to find a class nearby to try it ourselves. Thanks for taking the time to watch the videos and for your notes, I love to hear your thoughts!

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