about lara & akathist art

 I am a Dallas -based wife, mother of four, traveler, reader, pursuer of Beauty, artist and creator.

We are a Byzantine Catholic, adoptive, transracial family. 5% of all online sales are donated to help create healing homes for foster and adopted kids.

I love traditional art techniques & forms from many cultures, especially Asian art. I enjoy using old forms to create new content. My work is often inspired by what I read - poetry, Scripture, the Liturgy, & great literature. 



- classes for a year at the Art Institute of Chicago (1993-94)
- BA in Art and a Masters in English from the University of Dallas (1996, 2001)
- Icon writing with Father Elias Rafaj (2012)
- Icon writing at the Byzantine School of Iconography under Theodoros Papadoulos (2016 - 2017)
- Princes' School of Traditional Arts (2017 -) 

I have been creating art  & doing pieces on commission for over 25 years.

At Akathist Art I offer fine art, reproductions of my work., & iconography on commission.


Please contact me at lara@akathistart.com

or 214.422.5060

Prices available upon request.

Prices do not include any applicable sales tax or shipping & handling.

If you would like to commission a piece of artwork, please contact me to discuss details.


After an initial interview, I will send you a contract with all formal agreements outlined.

I will begin your artwork upon receipt of a signed contract & a %50 nonrefundable deposit.

Commissions begin at $2,500, with the exception of icons, which begin at $300 (4'x6' on wood).

By federal law, the artist retains all copyrights.

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Lara Neri

Akathist Art



Original Fine Art.   Hand-painted Iconography. 

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