This icon can be seen in a deesis composition for an alter screen used in the decoration inside the Orthodox church.
The name ” The Great Taxi Arch ”
draws attention to the archangel’s senior rank in the celestial army.
The cryptogram in the sphere held by Michael is interpreted as
“Christ the Righteous Judge”.
When writing this icon I felt as if the work would never get done.
This subject of Arch Angel Michael made me feel humbled; as if I could never be good enough painter to portray the image. I prayed to ancient iconographers before me, himself Michael and God for the courage to represent this powerful image, well.
I completed this icon in 2009 and since it has been awarded, venerated, and inspiring. I often reflect on this work and it reminds me of what you can do when you push your self into the spiritual realms of creation; beautiful things happen.