Icon Commission

Submitted by Christine Hales


Client: St. Vincent de Paul Church

Location: Albany, NY, United States

Completion date: 2016

Artwork budget: $20,000

Project Team


Christine Hales


Mick Hales

Mick Hales Photography


This was a commission to paint eight, 4'x3' Icons on wood panels using egg tempera and gold leaf gilding.


The Icons were chosen to reinforce the Church congregation's intention to be welcoming and inspiring to the congregants. The saints who were chosen included the patron Saint and ones that the congregants voted were most important to them.


Initially I submitted a design and budget proposal for the committee to review along with many other submissions. Once chosen , I created eight original drawings to scale and submitted those to the committee, and subsequently met with the committee for feedback. The drawings were approved, a 50% deposit and contract signed, and I completed the project several months later. The remaining balance was paid after a studio visit to view the completed Icons.

Additional Information

This was a joy to work with the people on the committee, the church administrator, and the architect, Richard Vosko. Everyone is well pleased with the results and I am thrilled to have my work so obviously appreciated.