Randi Maria Sider-Rose has been writing about icons for about 15 years since studying at the Mt. Angel Abbey Iconography Institute in Oregon, the Prosopon school, and with a couple of teachers in Pennsylvania, all on a Lily grant. She returned to Mt. Angel for the advanced program more than once and was a private student of one of the three wonderful teachers there. Sider-Rose has lived in Russia and Latvia for two and half years (as a student, and later as a Fulbright Scholar focusing on religion) and she completed the Master of Divinity at the Divinity School at the University of Chicago where she focused on iconography. She has led hands-on and art historical iconography workshops in Chicago, Washington D.C., Pittsburgh, and elsewhere for students age 8 through 80. She has also taught privately. She now lives in Pittsburg where she has been blessed by His Grace Bishop Thomas to pursue the work of iconography.