“...blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear, and your hearts for they understand…” /Matthew 13:16
IRMINA Stiles, alias SANTAIKA, studied Visual Arts at the Vilnius Justinas Vienozinskis Art School, Class of R.Vaitekunas. Some years later, when she moved to Switzerland, she prolonged her studies in art, and has studied Ceramic and Pottery under Anne-Chantal Pitteloud at Sion and Oil Painting under Ghislaine Varone at Saviese.
Irmina’s main focus of Art study is Sacred Surrealism and Religious Art, especially Byzantine Icons, which has given her art a deeper meaning and a more meaningful connection for her audience. In addition to creating her Sacred Art collection, her experience includes creating artwork for churches, monasteries and ashrams.
As it applies to Sacred Art, the Icon is a small picture or other representative object of religious devotion. It is often painted or drawn on wooden panels. The Latin “icon” or Ancient Greek εἰκών (eikṓn), means “likeness, image, portrait”.
Byzantine era Icon paintings are often called ‘Iconography’, or the ‘Art of Writing’. They are symbols with images and were the images of Saints, Christ and Virgin Mary in the Catacombs of Rome used for Christian burial places. This ancient technique by Christians started after Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection to express their sorrow and views of this time. During that time Icons were full of contemplation, prayer and communion with GOD.
Prayer and meditation are the most important tools to happiness. The soul and spirit, mind and body of the person who prays becomes still, attentive, peaceful and constantly receptive to the presence of GOD. St. Isaac the Syrian states that to the ascetic who prays, the Sacred Art creatures communicate to him about meaning, purpose and value of life. Matter and spirit, heaven and earth are both united in that kind of Art.
Today, Byzantine Icons are a form of Art that depicts the Ancient Art of Iconography that involved conscious copying and duplication of images long established in the Byzantine tradition.
Irmina’s Sacred Art also contain spirit and prayer for healing. Instead of making copies of the amazing 2nd century authentic Byzantine Icons that she so very much love, she create her own paintings in the late Byzantine and the early Renaissance era style, using her imagination and a symbols of Religious Art with the same spirit as Roman era Christians over 2,000 years ago. Our modern culture values individual expression above all else, so Irmina exercises this by creating an imaginative world of fantastic figures, or just adding smiles to the holy scribes’ faces, placing a lotus flower in their hands and adding other symbols that were not used in the original Byzantine Orthodox Iconography, but artists loved to add in Christian, Islamic, Buddhist, Hindu or other Religious Art.
Many of her creations are owned by private art collectors and Christian Church Communities in Poland, Russia, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, Brazil, USA and Lithuania.
TRADITIONAL RELIGIOUS ART
St. Gabriel is a messenger and deliverer to humanity of blessed events. She brings guidance in your spiritual life, revelation of your life plan and purpose. St. Gabriel releases Joy, Happiness, and Fulfillment. She also helps establish discipline and order in your life.The Archangels: St. Raphael, 2014 Wood, oil, gold
Raphael protects travelers and heals the sick and injured because he was granted the gift of healing by God. He is also the angel of Science and Knowledge.Madonna and Child, 2016 5x7, oil, acrylic, gold, lacquer, conservation-grade paper, wood
This Byzantine style Icon belongs to that class of icons called "loving-kindness" because it depicts the mutual loving-kindness of the Mother and her Child.The Madonna's hand scarcely touches the infant. Her Divine Child is represented with a lively, tender movement, in pressing His face against His Mother's cheek. His face is brighter than hers, showing that He wants to give her hope. But she, apparently paying little heed to her Child's caress, stares into the distance with deep human feeling. Her gaze is inwardly turned, not to the human child, but to the Maker of the World, born of her. She bends towards the infant, seeking within Him mercy for those who come to Him.The Virgin has her head covered with a veil in the manner of Oriental women. This veil, dark in color (to signify her humility), by its contrasting hue, brings out the brightness of the Child's garment. On her forehead is an exquisite star (suggesting nobility of thought), and that same star is shown again over her heart. The letters “MP OY” (short for ΜΗΤΗΡ ΘΕΟΥ) are an abbreviation of the Greek: “Mater Theos” – the Mother of God.That Infant is identified to us as Jesus Christ, abbreviated as IC XC, and their meaning comes from the Greek contractions IC (Jesus), and XC (Christ). The Revelation of St. John uses the phrase: “Who is (ὁ ὢν), “Who was and Who is coming” throughout to refer to Jesus Christ. These revelations of Jesus Christ’s nature and the Holy Trinity are preserved in Infant Jesus’ Halo.This Icon gives us a glimpse of the supersensible world which should be the goal of every human soul, making the eternal somewhat clearer and more definite. It helps us to approach in spirit the prototype which communicates its being to the icon. It reveals what it represents. For this reason all Byzantine type of Icons are considered not so much a "pictures" as a "presence," a "window into heaven," through which the light of heaven can flood out upon a darksome world, and through which even the hungriest of sinners can grasp at the tassels of the cloak of the Lord and beg his healing.This Icon is also good for opening the Heart Chakra, which allows a person to love more, empathize, and feel compassion.Melchizedek - God's Priest, 2015 Wood, oil
You will read in Hebrews 6:19-20 that Jesus Christ, after His resurrection, is High Priest "after the order of Melchizedek." The plainer English of the Moffatt translation words it: "...with the rank of "that is, equal status with "Melchizedek."From both Old and New Testaments we know, that Melchizedek was a Priest of the Most High God.In Genesis 14:18-20, RSV, "...Melchizedek king of Salem brought out bread and wine; he was priest of God Most High. And he [Melchizedek] blessed him [Abraham] and said, 'Blessed be Abram by God Most High, maker of heaven and earth; and blessed be God Most High, who has delivered your enemies into your hand!' And Abram gave him [Melchizedek] a tenth of everything" that is, a tithe of all, for a tithe means a tenth..."We also know, that Melchizedek was king of Salem. That is the city of Jerusalem. "Salem" comes from the Hebrew word meaning "peace." That would make Melchizedek the "King of Peace" (Hebrews 7:2). The Hebrew name Melchizedek itself means "King of Righteousness" (Hebrews 7:2). The same individual is mentioned in Psalm 110:4. Speaking prophetically of Christ, David stated: "The Eternal hath sworn, and will not repent, Thou art a priest forever after the order of Melchizedek..." This verse is quoted again in Hebrews 5:6,10.Letters MDA HRP (Paleo Hebrew) means “the miracle high-priest is revealed through the fire and ash judgment of bitter water”.THE HEALING LOVE OF CELESTIAL WORLD MOTHER, 2016 Oil, cardboard
The Divine Child symbolizes the quality of the New and His Celestial Mother embodies the power to bring this to the Light.Her veil, dark green in color, signifies balance and love. It’s also the symbol of eternal life and relaxation. The Mother is shown bending to touch her cheek to the cheek of her Child, who reciprocates this affection by placing His arm around her neck.Celestial World Mother's mouth is silent in prayer, meditation and recollection.The letters “MP OY” are an abbreviation of the Greek: “Mater Theos” – the Mother of God.The Divine Infant is identified as Jesus Christ, abbreviated as IC XC (you can see these letters on his left) and their meaning comes from the Greek contractions IC (Jesus), and XC (Christ).THE HOLY MOTHER OF MERCY - Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn, 2016 5x7, oil, acrylic, gold, lacquer, conservation-grade paper, wood
“Do with me as You please; I am ready for everything, but You, O Lord, must not abandon me even for a moment.” (Diary 529)The history of Our Lady of the Dawn, who is also known as The Holy Mother of Mercy, begins in 1386. In that year prince Jogaila (1352 – 1434) of Lithuania married the Polish princess Jadwiga. As part of the contract for marriage he pledged the conversion of the Lithuanian people to Christianity.Early in the fifteenth century, the new city walls of Vilnius were built. Above each of the gates the people of the town placed an image of the Blessed Virgin. About a century later, the Carmelite Order took over one of the parish churches in the vicinity of the southeastern gate of the town. In the Lithuanian language this gate was commonly known as ‘Aušros Vartai’ (The Gate of Dawn).In 1655 the army of Moscow set fire to the city of Vilnius and most of the town was destroyed. The fire lasted seventeen days. However, the image above the ‘Aušros Vartai’ gate survived without any damage. This strongly encouraged the people’s devotion toward it and attracted many pilgrims.In 1711 the Chapel holding the image burned completely, but not before the miraculous painting was carried out of the fire by a young monk. For 20 years, the painting resided in the Church of St. Teresa. A new Chapel was subsequently built by the gate and the miraculous painting was reinstalled with great ceremony.In 1799 Russian forces began to destroy the walls and gates of Vilnius. Inexplicably the Gate of Dawn was left untouched.An old chronicle reports that between 1671 and 1761 seventeen miracles took place through the intercession of Our Lady of Aušros Vartai.There is one story about a boy who fell from the second floor of a building and was killed. When his mother went to pray before the icon of Our Lady of Aušros Vartai, the boy was brought back to life.Her image was at first displayed without the metal covering. But, on July 5, 1927 the image was adorned with gold and silver and was blessed by Pope Pius XI.Our Lady of the Dawn painting is rich in meaning. In it one can perceive both the Virgin, attending to the angel’s message, and the Mother of Mercy, lovingly clasping sinful humanity to her heart. The painting, enriched by the symbolism of its cover, recalls the Marian iconographic type known as María Tota Pulchra. The Blessed Virgin Mary is presented as the dawn of the new creation, the Christian’s highest ideal, and one who has been justified by God’s grace alone.Mary’s head is surrounded with an unusual halo of sun rays, between which the stars are visible what shows that Our Lady of the Gate of Dawn is not only the Mother of the Son of God in the mystery of the Incarnation, but also Mother participating in the work of redemption (‘fiat’ at the foot of the cross), the Woman glorified, clothed with the sun and crowned with stars, who constantly intercedes for the pilgrim Church on earth, which is exposed to various dangers.The Protection. The Virgin and Child, 2014 Oil, cardboard, gold, bronze
This Icon is representative of Protection, meditation and prayer. It is very effective at removing and preventing negative energy from harming you.You also can ask the Virgin and Child for their help, but keep in mind that respect and gratitude should always be the context in which you request (not demand) their assistance. Be thankful for their presence in your life and know that you are never alone.The letters “MP OY” are an abbreviation of the Greek: “Mater Theos” – the Mother of God.The Infant is identified to us as Jesus Christ, abbreviated as IC XC, and their meaning comes from the Greek contractions IC (Jesus), and XC (Christ). The Revelation of St. John uses the phrase: “Who is (ὁ ὢν), “Who was and Who is coming” throughout to refer to Jesus Christ. These revelations of Jesus Christ’s nature and the Holy Trinity are preserved in Infant Jesus’ Halo.The Christ Pantokrator, 2014 Wood, oil, gold
The Christ Pantocrator (Maker of All Things), or sometimes called "The Icon of Christ’s Blessing," shows Christ holding the jeweled book in his left hand, which if open causes the image to be referred to as Christ the Teacher. With his right hand he makes a sign by extending the index and middle finger, while letting the ring and little fingers curl inward toward the thumb.This gesture is very similar to the Pran Mudra, which touches the ring and little finger to the thumb while extending the index and middle fingers. Pran mudra is named “the mudra of life and stability, strengthening the eyes and bringing inner peace, stamina, and confidence. According to yogic tradition, Pran Mudra is said to activate the Root Chakra and improve vitality and vigour. In Root Chakra the elemental force of human entity resides. The finger position of this mudra provokes the nourishing energy in the pelvic floor. Pran Mudra is believed to be of great help to the patients suffering from aids or cancer, as the practice of this mudra improves immunity in a person. Moreover it is also very useful to the elderly people.The unfixed gaze of the eyes shows Christ as God, looking to eternity. The natural features of the face and the tender expression show the mystery of Christ, a human being like one of us.Icons of this type depict the Divine Majesty of Jesus with the gold sash over the right shoulder indicating his priesthood. Inscribed in the cross of the halo are the Greek letters omicron, omega, nu which begin the words for "I Am Who Am."The “IC XC” is a Christogram (the Greek for Jesus - IHCOYC, Christ - XPICTOC), a monogram of Jesus’ name, that we are saved and receive blessings: “At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;” (Phil 2:10).Rosaries (aka prayer beads) are used in various religions (Islam, Buddhism, Hinduism, Catholicism) to count repetitions of prayers and to quiet the racing thoughts in a mind. The Catholic rosary has 54 + 5 additional beads. The Prayer. The Blessed Virgin Mercy, Infant Jesus & St. Selaphiel, 2016 Oil, canvas
This Byzantine Style painting is representative of Prayer and divine inspiration of the Mother of God holding the Christ-child.Mary’s veil has three stars, which represent her eternal virginity: before, during, and forever after Mary’s pregnancy she remained a pure virgin. On her left side are the letters “MP OY”, an abbreviation of the Greek: “Mater Theos” – the Mother of God. This title tells us more about the nature of her Son, Jesus, than about Mary herself and leads us to the Infant Christ.That Infant is identified to us as Jesus Christ, abbreviated as IC XC (you can see these letters on his right) and their meaning comes from the Greek contractions IC (Jesus), and XC (Christ);The Revelation of St. John uses the phrase: “Who is (ὁ ὢν), “Who was and Who is coming” throughout to refer to Jesus Christ. These revelations of Jesus Christ’s nature and the Holy Trinity are preserved in Infant Jesus’ Halo.On Holy Mary and the Infant’s right hand we can see Archangel St. Selaphiel (means “the prayer of God” or “one who prays to God”). St. Selaphiel is known as the angel of prayer. He helps people connect to God through prayer, giving them the focus they need to block out distractions and concentrate on praying. St. Selaphiel motivates people to express their deepest thoughts and feelings to God in prayer, and to listen carefully for God’s responses.Christian tradition names St. Selaphiel as the angel in Revelation 8:3-4 of the Bible who presents the prayers of people on Earth to God in heaven: "Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne. The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand."St. Selaphiel is also said to help people understand and interpret their dreams, help heal people from addiction, protect children, preside over exorcisms on Earth, and rule over music in heaven -- including leading the heavenly choir that sings praises to God.The Cardinal Bird Symbol in Christianity represents the fire and vitality of the living spirit. In addition, the cardinal is symbolic of the living blood of Christ. Both cardinals and blood have long been symbols of vitality, and in the Christian context, that vitality is everlasting. "By His blood we are freed from sin to serve the living God, to glorify Him, and to enjoy Him forever." Traditionally, the cardinal is symbolic of life, hope and restoration. These symbols connect cardinal birds to living faith, and so they come to remind us, that though circumstances might look bleak, dark and despairing, there is always "hope".The God’s eye, a house blessing, on the top of the picture, is a cross with the vertical and horizontal pieces held together by colorful threads woven around them. As with all crosses, the horizontal piece represents our relationship and interaction with the world around us. The other direction of the cross, the vertical piece that holds up the horizontal piece, represents our relationship with God, the Divine in our life.The lily symbolizes Mary's religiously faithful mind, her purity, divinity and virginity.Prayer To The Creator Of The Universe, 2015 Wood, lacquer, oil
“We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us...”/ Romans 8:26God does not stop to exist, whether we believe in Him or not, the same thing is true about prayer, it just exists and helps to us, and heals not only our mind and soul, but our physical bodies as well.*********O Father/Mother of all, from whom the breath of life comes,Who fills all realms of sound, light and vibration.Your love and wisdom found everywhere, and in everything.Help us bring more harmony into the Earth and sprout acts of compassion for all creatures.Untangle the knots within, so that we can mend our hearts’ simple ties to each other.Help us to see clearly, what holds us back from our true purpose.Out of you, the astonishing fire,Returning light and sound to the Cosmos.AmenGolden Spring. The Virgin and Child, 2016 5x7, oil, acrylic, lacquer, conservation-grade paper, wood
This is another Icon of Holy Mary, the Mother of God, holding the Christ-Child.The veil, dark green, hangs down to her shoulders, signifying balance and love. It’s also the symbol of eternal life, rebirth and relaxation.Similar embroidery is shown upon the sleeve, for the Virgin is a glorious lady, filled with the divine light of the Holy Spirit which imbues her with divinity. On her forehead we see a star that represents the firebrand. The letters “MP OY” are an abbreviation of the Greek: “Mater Theos” – the Mother of God.The Infant is identified to us as Jesus Christ, abbreviated as IC XC (you can see these letters on his right) and their meaning comes from the Greek contractions IC (Jesus) and XC (Christ); Jesus' right cheek is pressed to his mother's cheek.The almond tree branch with flowers in Jesus' hand has special significance in Jewish lore and ritual. It represents the Tree of Life and the divine presence, the luminous, ever-burning bush encountered by Moses.Butterflies represent the metamorphosis and resurrection of the soul in Christian lore and the three stages of man. The human man is the caterpillar whereas the cocoon or chrysalis represents the time that man spends in the tomb. Finally, the butterfly symbolizes man's rebirth in Christ as well as Jesus’ rebirth.The Guide. The Virgin and Child Jesus, 2016 5x7, oil, acrylic, gold, lacquer, conservation-grade paper, wood
This is an Icon of Holy Mary, Mother of God, holding the Christ-Child, whose name is ‘The Guide’. The Virgin points to the Child Jesus with her right hand, as if guiding us to him and saying: 'This is HE'.The veil is red, the color of divinity. It hangs down to her shoulders, signifying strong, divine love. On her forehead we see a star that represents the firebrand.The letters “MP OY” are an abbreviation of the Greek: “Mater Theos” – the Mother of God.The Infant is identified to us as Jesus Christ, abbreviated as IC XC (from the Greek contractions IC - Jesus and XC - Christ).Jesus is full of deep meditation, wisdom, understanding, sagacity and splendor. He is the God of whom the book of Romans said: 'Today the Virgin comes to the grotto for a new Child is born for us, the God who is before all ages (Contagion of the Nativity). He is a Child on his Mother's arm, but He is also the God who existed before the ages, who yet, in time, became complete man for us and for our salvation. He is the Sun of Righteousness, which never sets”.Femininity. The Virgin and Child Jesus, 2016 5x7, oil, acrylic, gold, lacquer, conservation-grade paper, wood
The image of a mother leaning over her sleeping child goes back well before the advent of Christianity. The art critics say it began in the 5th-4th century BCE.I have painted an expansive series of Mother and Child artworks. This is the Virgin and Infant, the focal point of a detailed discussion in which I want to address Femininity and Maternity.In my painting, the Holy Mother represents a love, wholeness and balance.Her face radiates happiness and gratitude. She is holding her divine Infant in her arms. She is depicted just like any other mother. She is protecting Her Child’s dream and serenity, as any mother would do.On Her right side is the Owl that symbolizes the wisdom of femininity. In this painting, the Owl also symbolizes the courage to see the truth; to hear what is really being said. The artwork’s energy is directed to the strength needed to open our eyes to look into the shadows of life. All truth is in us.The Owl does not tolerate illusion or secrets, and nor does the Mother who is defending Her Child’s happy future.
With Lollipop, 2016 5x7, oil, acrylic, gold, lacquer, conservation-grade paper, wood
Mother of Wisdom, 2016 5x7, oil, acrylic, gold, lacquer, conservation-grade paper, wood
Eternal Serenity, 2016 7x5, oil, acrylic, pen, gold, lacquer, conservation-grade paper, pine wood
There is the Angels of Life: the Past, Present and Future. The cat represents the guardian of the Other-world and a trustworthy teacher, guiding us into the world of self discovery and transformation. It symbolize a healing and the ability to fight when cornered, seeing the unseen. The fish - is a symbol of Higher-Self and faith itself.ARCHANGEL MICHAEL, 2016 5×7, oil, acrylic, lacquer, conservation-grade paper, wood
Archangel Michael, also known as the Archistratig (Aрхистратиг), is the most powerful, celebrated and well-known Angel in the history, scripture, art and literature. He is the firstborn of all creation and the first Angel created by God. He is one of God’s four Archangels who has been by God’s side during subsequent Creations of the Universe.Archangel Michael, the commander of the celestial forces, responsible from the harmony and protection of the universe. He is the warrior Archangel for the elimination and purification of negative energies.The meaning of Michael (Mikha’el) is “Who is like God”. Archangel Michael is known and accepted by all religions. In Christianity, He is considered similar to the “Holy Spirit”.He helps us to be, as Jesus said in New Testament, "wily as a serpent and gentle as a dove."C. Moolenburg, author of a "Handbook of Angels", says that Michael's role as the dragon slayer is analogous to the battle between the spirit and the flesh. The dragon is the symbol for the imprisonment of matter, "the desire to give material objects lasting character. Michael is thus the inexorable opponent of Satan, he who tried to make of man a materialist. The controversy between these two has lasted since the beginning of creation if we are to believe the old stories".According to some beliefs, Archangel Michael is the only Archangel serving on Earth in human form. He is the responsible Archangel for the transition our planet into “The Age of Harmony” and “The Golden Age”. It is believed that He has descended to Jesus Christ and remained on Earth as a prophet for 3 years and ascended back to Heaven.BALDUR AND ANGEL, OUR BELLOWED PETS & ANGELS, 2016 Oil, canvas
Angels exist in the different forms. One of them was our BaldurOn June 23, 2016, our bellowed friend, Giant Schnauzer BALDUR (Baldur is a god in Norse mythology associated with Light, Spiritual Beauty, Love and Happiness) left us for the Better World.There is symbolic and other meaning contained in my painting:A Falcon’s Feather on the cross symbolizes the Soul healing and movement to a fresh start, in the spiritual sense.The Fig and the Fig Tree symbolize the universality of true, knowledge and faith. The fig tree leaves were one of Baldur’s favorite plants. He was eating them like a goat, just from the tree.I painted Wild Violets (Viola Odorata) also. That was a plant Baldur enjoyed when he felt the need for a good antiseptic or was healing himself from his eczema.In the Religious and Sacred Art world Wild Violets have a meaning associated with modesty, purity, intuition, spiritual wisdom and faithfulness. Combining this flower with the creatures that pass away creates a meaning of death too soon.Shaman elders tell that Violet flower essence helps for those who feel grief. It was believed that these plants increase the openness to the Spirit Wisdom and heals suffering of the Soul.The Frog meaning in Sacred Art is purity, rebirth, and healing powers because of its connection with water and cleansing rains, spiritual transition and opportunity. Maybe that was why in all our yard froggies were Baldur’s best friends. He spent long hours observing them on the late summer evenings and very well knew all the places where those creatures were living.Frog energy is also considered to be a link between the living and the dead. In my painting it symbolizes Baldur’s Spirit safely in the spirit world and his ability to speak to us clearly about his journey… EYE OF EQUALITY, 2016 Oil, acrylic, cardboard, conservation-grade paper, lacquer
What sets the “Eye of Equality” apart from my other Sacred Art is my use of a large number of symbols and bright colors of the Eastern style. My symbols in this Icon are a contemplation of equality and the role of women in our society. I also express reflections about Holy Mother Mary and Her loving Spirit and Her support for each of us in our everyday lives.I use the early Christian symbol of the Circle, which represents eternity and symbolizes God's act of Creation.The “Eye” represents the "all-seeing eye". It talks about the Eye of God, Father, the all-knowing and ever-present God who sees in the four directions, because He is all-seeing/all-knowing, having the flame of His Energies in harmonic vibration.On the foot of my painting you can see the Christian art symbol - Fleur-De-Lis, associated with the lily and that represents the purity of Virgin Mary. The Fleur-De-Lis is composed of three petals, which symbolizes the Trinity.The four-pointed star symbol in Christianity is usually fashioned to resemble a cross. It is also known as the Star of Bethlehem or Natal Star, which represents both Jesus' birth and the purpose for which He was born.The circle in the middle is derived from the philosophy of Yin and Yang and represents the balance of the universe. Its dark side section represents the negative cosmic forces, and the light section represents the opposing positive cosmic energies.Seraphim and Cherubim symbols in my picture represent the “burning ones” or noble creatures that are sometimes also called the 'ones of love' because their name appears to come from the Hebrew root for 'love'. These types of heavenly beings have six wings, but they only use two of them for flying. It sounds strange to use the other wings to cover your face and feet as usually they do… They cover their faces because being so close to God, they would witness His full glory which would be too powerful to behold. Their feet are considered 'unclean', so are not worthy to be shown to God.I use the Triangle to represent God as the Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Ghost united in a single Godhead. The triangle also describes three parts of our existence as spirit, mind and body. An inverted triangle is located at the base of my Icon containing the Fleur-De-Lis, which I use to represent past, present and future concepts.The letters “MP OY” within the Holy Mother’s halo are an abbreviation of the Greek: “Mater Theos” – the Mother of God.I dedicate this painting to every woman, who already knows her destination and purpose, and those women who are still searching… The Ladder, 2009 Oil, cardboard
This painting is of Mary Mother of God holding the Christ-Child. It shows us her humility, her piety, her tenderness and the sorrow she endured. It can truly reveal her love for us, and draw us closer to her."And he dreamed, and behold a ladder set up on the earth, and the top of it reached to heaven: and behold the angels of God ascending and descending on it..."(King James Bible, Genesis 28:12)The bird symbolizes the peace, innocence and a gifts of grace.Mother Earth, 2017 7×5 pine Oil, acrylic, pen, gold, lacquer, conservation-grade paper
"We return thanks to our Mother, the Earth, which sustains us.We return thanks to the rivers and streams which supply us with water.We return thanks to all herbs which furnish medicines for the cure of our diseases.We return thanks to the moon and stars which have given to us their lightwhen the sun was gone.We return thanks to the sun that has looked upon the Earth with a beneficent eye.Lastly, we return thanks to the Great Spirit in whom is embodied all goodness,and who directs all things for the good of her children."/IROQUOIS PRAYERElytrigia, 2017 7×5 pine Oil, acrylic, gold, lacquer, Indian Silk
This is the artwork focusing on plants and their healing power. It is called "Elytrigia." or you can call it by its more common name "Couch Grass".Couch Grass grow practically everywhere, and a great deal of energy is spent trying to eradicate it from lawns, gardens and flower beds. But did you know that it is one of the most powerful of all plants Mother Nature has given to us for healing? It can be used for all illness; perhaps that is why Mother Nature has made it so abundant. It is ironic that we spend so much time and effort to get rid of it. Instead, use a fraction of that time and energy to pluck it, taking flower, leaves and roots to make a healing tea. It is best to use it when it flowers before four o’clock in the afternoon before the sun goes to sleep. After that time, Elytrigia, like all plants, has less Prana or healing energy because it itself is going to sleep.In this artwork, we have God’s eye above. Nothing is created without God’s energy.Below, is the symbol representing the deity of Nature, to which earliest written and most reliably dated references are found in Mycenaean Greek transcripts dated in 12 BC. Mother Nature is the source of all natural energies of the biosphere and cosmos, referred to as the universe. It is through these forces of Nature that God creates all things. That is why the Elytrigia plant or Couch Grass, the grass that heals all possible illness is in the middle. It, like all of nature, is the product of God’s divine plan and creativity, and is born through Mother Nature.
OTHER IRMINA'S DRAWINGS & PAINTINGS
The Song of the Bluebirds. Colored pencils and acrylics, 2010
The Dancing Girl. Colored pencils and acrylics, 2009
The Naturmort. Colored pencils and acrylics, 2009
Soul of Nature. Colored pencils and acrylics, 2009
Plant your own garden and decorate your own soul, if you want to understand what God's thoughts are...The Spring. Colored pencils and acrylics, 2009
The Thoughts. Colored pencils and acrylics, 2009
HEALING, 7.5 X 7.5 Colored pencils, acrylics, paper. 2014 Wood Frame
Gerda. Colored pencils and acrylics, 2009
Father. Colored pencils and acrylics, 2009
Mary. Cardboard, oil, 2010
Auto-portrait with Dragonfly. Cardboard, oil, 2014
Walls Have Eyes, Colored pencils and acrylic, 2009
Eyes do a lot of things: act as windows to the soul....or, they are making known the secret faults of others, by saying that it was all trueRelative Existence, 2016 5x7, oil, acrylic, gold, lacquer, conservation-grade paper, wood