Mark Dukes discovered Byzantine styled icons in his twenties after leaving art school to go on a spiritual quest. He investigated a calling to be a monk in an Eastern Orthodox monastery in Texas where he saw Byzantine styled icons for the first time. He fell in love with the form and continued to 'write' icons even after he decided that he didn't have a calling to be a monk and had left the monastery. He has been blessed to have worked on the iconographic programs of two nationally recognized churches- St. Gregory of Nysa Episcopal Church and the St. John Coltrane African Orthodox Church- both of San Francisco.  Through these projects, his work has been featured in national magazines such as Vibe, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times Magazine.