Looking at his work, one would expect a bold and slightly brash person. But Walter is a wonderful living contradiction. Dramatic and larger-than-life creations emerge from a soft spoken and admittedly shy creator. He has been compared to such masters as Rembrandt and Caravaggio. Though he would shy away from such comparisons, the similarities are unmistakable. "I never decided I would be an artist. Like most kids, I was just fascinated with art, but for me the fascination never left. There weren’t any artists in my family so becoming an artist was not a planned thing, my parents just saw my love and encouraged me to follow it. I remember someone gave me a paint-by-numbers set. I threw away the “numbers” and started using the paints. I was nine years old and have been painting ever since." "Growing up I admired the old masters like Rembrandt and Caravaggio who painted spiritual subjects and I wanted to paint like them. On my mission the Mission President wanted to do a traveling exhibit of original works to appeal to the French people. I thought of it as a Visitors Center in the back of a VW Bus. I spent a couple of months in the mission home painting religious pieces and loved it." "I definitely feel my life has been guided; I think every step has been part of this process. From becoming an illustrator to living in New York, from the woman I married to living in Paris. Everything has built and brought me to this point. I find it gratifying that I am able to speak to people all over the world through art." "I hope that I spend the rest of my life painting scriptural paintings. I am not much of a long-range planner. When I look back I can see everything working as it should have, but I didn’t plan it that way." "I hope that I spend the rest of my life painting scriptural paintings. I am not much of a long-range planner. When I look back I can see everything working as it should have, but I didn’t plan it that way."
This young woman has learned to let her light shine before the world, to show faith with good works. She looks upward and onward, while "standing as a witness of God at all times, and in all things, and in all places." We are so fortunate to have a growing generation of valiant souls that will continue to show exemplary behavior, serve others with kindness and charity, and make the world a better place.
This painting depicts Alma and the Sons of Mosiah as they fall to the earth while an angel descends in a cloud. The angel looks and points toward Alma, who already begins to arise, heeding the message of the angel. Alma's companions, by gesture and expression, look astonished and powerless as they fall to the ground. The setting is a mountainous landscape. The story is taken from Mosiah 27.
The Savior's childhood remains largely a mystery. We know that He was taught by His earthly father Joseph, as well as His Heavenly father. We are told that He received "grace for grace," and that he was found in the temple "going about His father's work." This effort to follow our Father's will is always the prevalent theme throughout His life.
God gave his gift to the world by sending His Only Begotten Son as our Savior. This catalyst in the plan of salvation caused great jubilation; the scriptures tell us the hosts of heaven "shouted for joy!" We must be ever mindful of the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made by coming to Earth, and of the love that He has for each of us.
Parents look forward to the day that they can watch their little ones rest in the midst of worthy priesthood bearers to be blessed and given a name. This special day is reminiscent of words from the eighth psalm:
"O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! Who hast set thy glory above the heavens. . . . When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; what is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour."
On April 3, 1836, Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery were in the temple at Kirtland, Ohio. The occasion was that of a Sabbath day meeting. The Prophet prefaces his record of the manifestations with these words: "In the afternoon, I assisted the other Presidents in distributing the Lord's Supper to the Church, receiving it from the Twelve, whose privilege it was to officiate at the sacred desk this day. After having performed this service to my brethren, I retired to the pulpit, the veils being dropped, and bowed myself, with Oliver Cowdery, in solemn and silent prayer. After rising from prayer, the following vision was opened to both of us." Doctrine and Covenants 110, gives the account of the vision they received.