“Icon” is a Greek word εἰκών simply means an image. Eastern Christians use this term to particularly point to pictures of sacred or sanctified personage for veneration.
To me, icons are windows which open onto meanings beyond the appearance. The impression is only my monologue, climb that frame and you will venture into an intellectual realm which is uniquely available only to you: exciting, searching, unpredictable.
So whether it is a tree of life or the visage of saints, my icons are invitations of ignition into self-contemplation.
Seek inner peace, and you will find strength and dexterity to sustain spiritual growth.