Christabel’s work is inspired by sacred iconographic exemplars, ancient and contemporary. In particular, the exceptional iconography of St. Sophrony the Athonite (late 20th century), and the unique arts of Britain and Ireland from the late antique and early medieval periods.
Her work is made with prayer, devotion and meticulous research, and is created using exactingly hand-prepared materials, including icon panels and vellum, mineral and earth pigments for the watercolour and egg tempera paints, soft pastels, inks, 24 carat gold leaf, fine silver and precious gemstones.
The generosity and support of QEST enabled Christabel to further her studies in traditional manuscript illumination techniques, and to undertake the GIA Accredited Jewellery Professional Diploma. She is currently completing her PhD at The Prince’s Foundation School of Traditional Arts, sponsored by the A. G. Leventis Foundation, where she also teaches manuscript illumination and gilding, helping future generations of practitioners to develop their work.