Though Br. Robert was trained in traditional Greek iconography, some of his work has taken iconography in new directions. The icons that Br. Robert paints are, in his own words, “a new kind of icon.” They are not Eastern Orthodox icons, but rather a new genre that he hopes will help revitalize sacred art in the Christian West. Br. Robert paints what he calls Franciscan icons, where the transcendent and the imminent meet in ways responsive to life in the 21st century.