Being a traditionalist it is important for me to have found a master teacher who taught me the icon painting process. When we work in a tradition, it is a responsibility to up hold its integrity. A place keeper or holding to the work is the true essence in traditional iconography or any other traditional work. Changing the tradition through, self-imposed ideas, self-exploration is a disrespect to that in which holds the very tradition or lineage in place. When someone tries to change the style of the tradition, it dismantle the richness acquired through the ages. Disrupting an ancient traditional practice is obvious and the changes become visible to the enthusiast. A lineage works to hold a tradition through, a line of masters, who hand down their expert knowledge to the student. Master to student relationship is part of the legacy and that line of painters can connect for centuries. When I paint I know that the iconographers before me are behind me pushing me forward to success.