I’m so happy to be sharing my first illustrated book with you: A Book Of Mormon Easter: The Resurrection Story in Picture, Verse, and Song (links below.) It officially released on Valentine’s day, but I wanted to share now with Easter just around the corner. It’s a beautiful book that I couldn’t be happier with. The book illustrates a key story in The Book of Mormon when Christ appears to the ancient inhabitants of the American continent after his resurrection, which also coincides with scripture verses and words of hymns (from author Michelle Kendall.) It also comes with a CD of hymn arrangements by Carson Kendall, and they are such beautiful, beautiful arrangements. I was nearly in tears at how perfect they are. It’s a really wonderful compilation to celebrate Easter and learn what it’s really all about.
The subject of these illustrations are so deeply a part of who I am. I don’t often paint religious art, but every time I do I really love it. The art has a reverence about it and presents a different kind of challenge that is really special to me. I always feel that when I am painting art of a religious subject, the art must convey the feeling and spirit that it represents before anything else. Painting these illustrations was truly a joy. It was my first time really painting Jesus Christ. I had done many studies of Christ here and there, and approached a few compositions that ultimately were left uncompleted because I really wanted it to be something that I felt was some of my best work, so to have a finished piece of the Savior (more than just one actually!) be a part of this book was a very wonderful experience for me. I am so happy with how every one of them turned out.
The book is currently available on Amazon, Target.com, DeseretBook.com and at some LDS church book stores. Please let me know what you think if you get a copy! And be sure to check out the video below for a preview!