Ian Knowles is a professional iconographer and Founder Director of the Bethlehem Icon Centre and its Icon School, in Bethlehem, Palestine. A graduate in theology from Oxford University, he completed an apprenticeship in Christian icon painting under Aidan Hart in the UK, as well as undertaking training from Egon Sendler in France. He specialises in the use of egg tempera with an emphasis on the earliest phase of iconography. His work can be found in the USA, Europe and the Middle East. He regularly teaches courses in iconography in the UK, and teaches the PSTA Diploma in Icon Painting in Bethlehem where he is the senior tutor.