Red Earth Icons is a liturgical arts studio located outside Red Deer, Alberta. For the last twenty years, its iconographer, Symeon, has worked with his family to create icons of profound beauty for churches and homes across the US, Canada and Europe.
The artwork from Red Earth Icons is unique in its style—offering simplicity and stillness in its vision, as well as a love of colour evident in its gem-like hues. As a traditional iconographic studio, its artwork offers a vision and a revelation of God’s heavenly glory where men and women throughout history are alive in the Spirit through the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
But, these icons are just the beginning of the witness of the studio’s painting. The call to be good stewards of the earth is at the centre of the studio’s practice. Its icons are crafted from local trees and rocks using time-honoured methods. In a time when knowledge is largely comprised of data points, Symeon and his family continue to embody a more human way of knowing in their methods of work. Creating beauty through such practices informs both the use of land’s gifts and, ultimately, the icon’s style itself.
Such an intentional human exercise of faith, work, and the land being brought together to create something beautiful is especially needed today. Working with churches and patrons, Red Earth Icons continues to create “Worshipping with the Saints: Here and Now.”