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My Story

I am Merna Liddawi, award winning international artist. I was born in Jordan to a Palestinian Orthodox family. As children my family would take us to church every Sunday.

 I got soaked in the beauty, mystery and transcendence of the Eastern Orthodox Church with its sacred art, chanting music and smell of incense and Divine Liturgy.

This experience manifested later in my adult life as I researched the sacred icon during my BA Fine Art degree and later my Masters in Fine Art (MFA).  

My study of the sacred icon spirituality opened up many streams in my spirit that influenced my paintings. How I position myself as an artist made in the image of God and my responsibility towards myself, God an others.

 

 The process for the sacred icon painter is a prayer, a time of stillness, a ‘Selah’ moment; a moment to pause, and to pray repeating Jesus' prayer as it is for me too.

My art is a spiritual journey to discover the hidden beauty in me, around me; in nature, in creation and in the universe. 

It is a journey drawing on the mystery of creation and my unique vision of the world; my role in it as an artist is to bring Divine beauty and peace into the world and into your life. 

IF I CaN BRING YOU DIVINE PEACE, BEAUTY AND JOY IN YOUR LIFE, THIS WILL MEAN THE WORLD TO ME.

 

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