My name is Veronica (Ronnie) Cruwys. I trained as an architect at Herriot-Watt University, Edinburgh and then Sheffield where I lived, married, became a mother and worked for ten years. We moved to Staffordshire where I later spent 13 years working as a conservation architect on some of Staffordshire’s finest listed buildings.
I maintain my love of old buildings (see my other website and blog www.drawingthestreet.co.uk) but in 2012 made a career change to pursue my other passion of the traditional arts, in particular the Liturgical Arts – painting icons, illuminated manuscripts and calligraphy.
I have been a student on Aidan Hart’s 2013-2016 Icon Diploma programme, run by the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts. This has been such a privilege that when I set out on the course, I began this blog as a way of sharing some of the experience with those other students who wish to learn about painting icons, wherever you are in the world.
All the icons on this website are painted with egg tempera, gilded with genuine gold leaf and all are for sale. All icons and studies on watercolour paper have been professionally photo-scanned to a high resolution and are available to order as fine art quality giclee prints.
If you would like to commission an icon, please get in touch with your ideas and budget and allow 4-6 months for completion.
Prints and cards are available of most of the icons through Smith York Fine Art Printers, in Ironbridge, link here.