Reading a biography of Leonard Cohen inspired Cecelia Fuentes to create a portrait of the Canadian singer-songwriter in the Byzantine style of iconography. Cecelia writes
My reason for putting contemporary people like Leonard in an icon is to show the Divinity that is within all of us. I have been studying traditional Byzantine iconography for several years but my intention has always been to include everyday people in my work.
Cecelia explains that the script on the bottom reads “Lord Of Song” in English words transposed into Greek alphabetic characters. The icon was painted in the traditional manner using egg tempera on a gesso board with linen backing and gold leaf.