Walter Rane

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.

 

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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."

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Desires Of My Heart

"After I had retired to the place where I had previously designed to go, having looked around me, and finding myself alone, I kneeled down and began to offer up the desires of my heart to God...I saw a pillar of light exactly over my head, above the brightness of the sun, which descended gradually until it fell upon me...When the light rested upon me I saw two Personages, whose brightness and glory defy all description, standing above me in the air. One of them spake unto me, calling me by name and said, pointing to the other, 'This is My Beloved Son. Hear Him!'" (Joseph Smith History 1:15-17)



Original: oil, 24 x 48 inches, 2004.
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Alma Arise

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.



Original: oil, 56 x 50 inches, 2000.
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Add To Your Faith

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.



Original: oil, 48 x 36 inches, 1999.
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