The Art and the Artist

The richness of her icons is achieved by mixing egg tempera with natural pigments and draws from traditional Byzantine-style techniques such as horizontal floating.

Each icon is the culmination of consistent prayer, practice and patience. The rich depth of color and light in each icon is poised between ethereal peace and heavenly joy, and is meant to draw the viewer to prayer and closer to God.

"When we allow ourselves to rest and become refreshed, we can find our inspirational spark. Then, we must be courageous enough to explore it in depth before returning for rest and refreshment again."

- Marissa Parsons

Marissa Parsons lives and works as a full time wife, mom and artist in Norman, Oklahoma with Jason and Isaac.

She received her degree in media arts and animation from the Art Institutes in Minneapolis before pursuing iconography in 2019 with Fay Drobnic through St. Elizabeth Icon Studio in Lafayette, LA, an affiliate of the Prosopon School of Iconology.

Her work is inspired both by the great artists she admires—such as Andrei Rublev, Mary Blair, Walt Disney, Don Bluth, Hayao Miyazaki—and by her faith and love of story and learning.

Being a military wife + boy mom has given her fresh perspective and insight as she continues to rediscover the things we often overlook or take for granted.