Deisis. Acrylic and gold on birch panels. 18x12 inches (45x30cm)
I recently finished this Deisis with Saints Nicholas and Patrick. Deisis (Greek: δέησις, "prayer" or "supplication") is a traditional depiction in Byzantine iconography of Christ Pantocrator enthroned, flanked by the Theotokos and St. John the Baptist in prayer. Often, other saints are featured in prayer to Christ.
Great are the accomplishments of faith, for the Three Holy Youths rejoiced in the fountain of flames as though in the waters of rest; and the prophet Daniel appeared, a shepherd to the lions as though they were sheep. So by their prayers, O Christ God, save our souls!