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Catherine Mary Lomas

Priest, iconographer


A Bit About Me

My iconographic journey began during training for the priesthood, when I started exploring possibilities for expressing theology through image as well as word. I am ordained in the Church of England and served in parish ministry for nearly thirteen years, undertaking training in iconography and calligraphy alongside my priestly duties. Sensing God's call to focus full-time on ministry as an iconographer and sacred artist, in early 2023 I set up a studio in my new home in Wiltshire, from where I continue to explore the spiritual dimensions of traditional and contemporary art forms.


In the words of Proust, I strive to see God's world differently.


2010 to 2011

2012 to present

2016 to 2018


2019 to 2022

October 2019 to September 2022

2020 to present

2021 to present

2022 to present

February 2022

May 2022

October 2022

March 2023

September 2023

September 2023

April 2024

Ordained deacon and then priest in the Church of England at Peterborough Cathedral

Leading numerous Quiet Days at Launde Abbey on a range of topics related to spirituality, art and iconography

Various Icon Workshops, taught by Aidan Hart at Walcot Hall, Shropshire

Icon Drawing Workshop with the Prince's School of Traditional Arts in London, taught by Hanna Ward

Distance and online learning courses in traditional and modern calligraphy, taught by Gaynor Goffe

Online courses in Celtic Pattern, taught by Adam Tetlow

Certificate in Icon Painting with the Prince's School of Traditional Arts taught by Aidan Hart in Shrewsbury

Various online courses in sacred geometry with the Prince's School of Traditional Arts

Online courses in Modern Calligraphy and Advanced Modern Calligraphy, with Crooked Calligraphy LLC, taught by Shinah Chang 

Smooth Gilding online workshop with the Russian Gilding School, taught by Oksana Stanovskaya

Certificate Course Icon Exhibition at The Garrison Chapel, Chelsea

Delivered a Lent lecture on "Faith and iconography" for the Parish of Mortlake with East Sheen

Engraved Gilding online workshop with the Gilding School, taught by Oksana Stanovskaya

What I'm up to at the moment....


  • Mary and Martha with Christ (icon commission)

  • 7th century saint (icon commission as a gift, hence the secret identity!)

  • Incumbents' board update (calligraphy commission)

  • St Julian of Norwich (icon commission)

  • St Aldhelm

  • Blessed Virgin Mary with Christ-child

  • St Symeon the New Theologian

  • Icon of the Resurrection (A Reimagining)

Sacred art

  • I have accepted a place at Oxford Brookes University to study part-time for a Masters in Fine Art, starting in September 2024

Upcoming events

I shall be having an artist residency at the parish church of St John the Baptist in Cirencester from Saturday 13 to Thursday 25 July. Come and see me at work on an icon, ask me questions; original icons, cards and prints will be available to buy. I shall be there from 9.30am to 5pm each day (excluding Sundays) so do pop by to say hello if you are in the area. Entrance to this wonderful, historic church is free of charge.

I am leading a retreat on "praying with Icons" at Launde Abbey in Leicestershire, Monday 12th August, 4pm to Wednesday 14th August, 2pm. For more details and booking, click here

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