Richard Christin is trained as an architect, painter and sculptor. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Architecture from Catholic University in Washington, DC in 1988. As a sculptor, he works in clay, stone and wood. Inspired by the bas-relief sculptures found at cathedrals he visited in Europe, he started carving subjects in bas-relief. In 2009, after attending a workshop at St. Vladimir’s Seminary, he decided to devote his artistic efforts in studying iconography and is actively engaged in reviving the ancient art of carving icons in both wood and stone. His work can be found in churches in both the US and Russia. Since joining The Center for Byzantine Material Arts in Virginia 2014 he can be found carving icons at the Leesburg location and plans to give his first class at The Center for Byzantine Material Arts (to be announced soon).