Fine Art

New piece titled, "Messiah in America" unveiled as a part of a worldwide effort.

Howard was actually commissioned to do this piece for another purpose...we will post about that in the next couple of weeks. But we were approached by Seth Adams Smith, who is so very talented, and who knew that Howard was working on this piece at the time, and he wanted to be able to use this image for a very special project he was working on.  The project is a Book of Mormon challenge and you can learn more about it here. The video is a very powerful testimony of Christ and the Book of Mormon. Feel free to share!  Prints will soon be available in the store as well!

 

 

 

New painting! "Light of the world"

“I am the light of the world: he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the light of life.” - John 8:12 This simple passage of scripture defines much of what it means to be Christian.  To follow Christ means a life of compassion and service.  It does not mean that there will not be heartache or trials.  It does not mean we will not stumble and fall.  Hardship is part of life, but Christ, through His atonement will be there to clear the path back to the light, bringing hope to an imperfect people trying to be better.

 

New Mother's Day painting! “Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart”

In this painting, I wanted to portray Mary in a way that I believe many mothers can relate to.  She has found a brief quiet moment to contemplate.  There is a little concern in her eyes, knowing that there will be pain and hardship in the life of her child, but hope as well, for she knows that God loves her and has a plan for her and her child.  She smiles as she reflects on the joy she feels when thinking of her son, turning to the future, confident and anxious, but faithful. Motherhood brings many emotions.  Fear, joy, pain, and hope, concern and nearly inexpressible love can all be part of motherhood.  No doubt Mary felt inadequate, but steadfast and faithful; humbled, though honored to have been chosen to have been part of Christ’s life.

Mary must have often thought of the heavenly messenger that brought her such momentous news, the miracle of his birth, the sign in the heavens, the wise men, the shepherds and angels that bore witness.  As Christ grew, she surely marveled at His wisdom and obedience, knowing that he was the Son of God.

“Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart.” – Luke 2:19

Prints are now available in the store!

 

Reference for the From Fear to Faith painting

In doing research for the painting, I decided that I needed some significant reference for the boat.  My wife and I did some research and feel that we had a pretty good idea of what the boat would look like.  In fact, there is a full scale model of what they believe is a boat that would have been on the Sea of Galilee around the first century.  It was, unfortunately in Israel, and that seemed a bit far to travel, not knowing if I would be able to even photograph it, let alone, light it the way I would need. So, I built my own.  Smaller of course, but following the advice given by James Gurney in his book Imaginative Realism, I took the time to build a realistic model of the boat.  I designed the basic structure in Maya, printed it out and glued the paper to a sheet of poplar.  Cut out the ribbing and keel, assembled them and then glued on strips of balsa wood.  a day and half later, a boat that I could get wet, light, scratch up and play around with.  Some of the best reference I have ever had for a painting.  Here is a shot of it: