Peter Pearson

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Peter Pearson is an American icon painter, author, and teacher of icon painting. He has created hundreds of icons for private collectors, churches, and other institutions throughout the world. Through his workshops and seminars, he has worked with more than 2,500 students. His workshops give even the most inexperienced painter the skills to paint their own icon.

He began painting icons at the age of twelve and has studied under Russian icon painter Dr. Nina Bouroff in Bethesda, Maryland and Philip Zimmerman at the St. John of Damascus School of Sacred Arts, an Orthodox school of icon painting in Ligonier, Pennsylvania. He also trained with Valentin Streltsov of Toronto, Ontario, Nicholas Papas in Greensburg, Pennsylvania, Father Damian Higgins at The Sisters of Saint Basil Monastery, Fox Chase, Pennsylvania, Xenia Pokrovsky at Saint Tikhon's Monastery in South Canaan, Pennsylvania,at the Iconography Institute at Mount Angel Abbey in Oregon, where he studied with Charles Rohrbacher of Juneau, Alaska and with Michael Kapeluck of Carnegie, PA.

Pearson also studied architectural drafting and color at the International Institute of Design in Washington, D.C., and theology, with a specialization in liturgical studies, at St. John's Seminary in Boston, Georgetown University, and at Saint Vincent Seminary in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, where he graduated magna cum laude, completing a Master of Divinity degree in 1995. His course work included specialized studies on the history of church architecture and liturgical vesture, the role of art in worship, as well as a full year on liturgical consultation. He is presently pursuing a doctorate in theology at the Providence School of Theology focusing on the relationship between liturgy and architecture.

Formerly a monk at Saint Vincent Archabbey (Latrobe, Pennsylvania), Pearson is a member of The New Benedictine Community, an ecumenical monastic community, and serves as its prior. Ordained in 1996, has served as the priest/rector at Saint Philip's Episcopal Church (New Hope, Pennsylvania) and The Church of the Good Shepherd (Scranton, Pennsylvania).

Peter Pearson currently lives and works in Scranton, Pennsylvania.


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