A MIDDLETON artist has delivered his religious icon to a holy site.
Nick Muir took his traditional painting of Saint Aidan to the Holy Island of Lindisfarne recently.
It has been placed close to the altar of St Mary’s Church on the island with other icons.
Nick said: “Creating the icon has been a lot of hard work, but a real soul-searching mission for me. It’s brought me closer to spirituality.”
He has dedicated his work to his late grandmother who passed away several years ago.
The experience has moved Nick so much he has decided to concentrate on painting religious icons. “That’s the direction I will be going in. There are not a lot of people painting them, but it got me thinking a lot about life and what it’s all about,” he said.
Nick, 52, of Ancton Lane, visited Lindisfarne with his wife last summer.
He impressed the vicar of St Mary’s, the Rev Paul Jones, with his knowledge of icons and was signed up to paint St Aidan.
The work took some six months to complete. It shows St Aidan, important in the history of Christianity, in a traditional pose, with one main arch and three smaller arches.
His halo is in gold leaf along with the arches. The 12in by 18in work was mainly created with egg tempera.
“There were a few moments of panic and frustration,” said Nick,” but they soon passed and it all came together.”