Over the weekend I visited an actual icon painter. Above is her studio. She can do work on demand, but she is quite busy presently as she has been commissioned to do the entire interior of a new church going up outside of town. Related to her painting the church, she said that because she is a woman, she is prohibited from painting anything on or behind the altar. Definitely reassuring to know that Orthodoxy seems to be just as progressive about these things and Catholicism.
Amusingly, when I was leaving the Icon painter's studio I saw two Mormon missionaries walking into the painter's apartment building. Hopefully not to go bother her.