Liz Lemon Swindle

Liz Lemon Swindle began her painting career in first grade. Her first exhibitions were on the refrigerator, encouraged by her father. In the early 1980s she tutored under renowned wildlife artist, Nancy Glazier. In 1992, Liz began painting a subject matter she had long desired to approach: her faith. Her paintings are now held in corporate and private collections around the world and have been published in countless magazines and books. Liz and her husband Jon have five children and eighteen grandchildren.

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"Return To The Family" 2011 Limited Collector's Edition

This 12 painting series will teach and inspire your family and provide an opportunity for Dinner Table discussions that promote principles of integrity and core values. No matter what the age of your family members, each painting creates an atmosphere for conversation, questions and thoughtful ideas.

Every Month you will have the opportunity to replace last month's image with a new matted image that will create new interests, new ideas and fresh conversation. Each painting comes with several topics of discussion that correlate with the print.

What you will receive in your "Return to the Family " 2011 LIMITED Collectors Edition

• 12 8X10 Prints Matted to 11 X 14.
• One frame with bendable clips for easy change of image.
• "Dinner Table" discussion on how to teach, inspire and cultivate meaningful conversation



€157.96

A Mother's Vigil: I Would Gather Thee (Modern)

I WOULD GATHER THEE AS A HEN GATHERETH HER CHICKS

Parable
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! - Matthew 23:37

A Mother's Vigil: I Would Gather Thee (Modern)
On the night before Jesus was crucified, He went to the Mount of Olives overlooking Jerusalem with His disciples. As He sat looking down on the city and people He loved, He lamented, "... how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!" - Matthew 23:37.

Like God, each of us is anxious to gather our own families around us. We long to provide needed comfort amidst the ever growing storms that surround them. In this picture of a worried mother waiting up for a child that isn't home yet, I painted twelve eggs, symbolic of the number of Jesus' apostles - those who assisted Jesus in His work - and the thought that God wants to gather all of His children, but that He often does this through the love and efforts of our families here on earth.
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Advent Calendar

Perfect for following the 25 days of Christmas, the advent calendar is mounted on sheet metal and comes with a cute magnet for highlighting the current day. Illustrated with images from the portfolio of Liz Lemon Swindle inspired by the life of christ, you will love the feeling it brings into your home.
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Against The Wind

When Peter saw the Savior walking on the water he cried out, "Lord…bid me come unto thee."

"Come." was all He said.

Filled with faith, Peter stepped from the safety of the boat on to the stormy sea. But as the winds picked up and the waves grew stronger Peter’s faith turned to fear. As he began to sink, Peter cried out, "Lord, save me."

Two thousand years later, Christ is still calling to us. As we step from the safety of self-reliance on to the stormy seas of discipleship, like Peter we pray, "Lord, save me."

With perfect calmness He stills the winds of our doubt, reaches down from heaven and saves us.
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Be It Unto Me

I remember a moment after the birth of my first child when everyone had left and I was alone with my son for the first time. I looked at him lying on the bed and realized I was responsible for this new life. How could I teach him everything he needed? I was terrified

I held him close and the two of us cried. Those were tears of fear and tears of joy, but most of all they were tears of love. Looking into his little face that day I made promises to my Father that I have tried very hard to keep.

Was it different for Mary on that night in Bethlehem? Like any first-time mother she must have felt all the fear, all the joy, and all of the love that comes with a child. This painting reminds me that we are never alone when we look heavenward.

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Be Not Afraid

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But For A Small Moment

Joseph and Emma Smith had been married seventeen months when their first son, Alvin, was born on June 15, 1828. He died shortly after childbirth. The next two children also died in infancy and the young couple was heartbroken. The young couple would go on to bury six of their eleven children.

Joseph said: “Why is it that... innocent children, are taken away from us? The Lord takes many away, even in infancy, that they may escape the sorrows and evils of this present world; they were too pure, too lovely, to live on earth… Notwithstanding all this, we for a moment lose sight of it, and mourn the loss, but we do not mourn as those without hope...[for] mothers, you shall have your children [again].” - History of the Church 6:366

This painting reminds me that the Lord knows our sorrows and promises us that our, "afflictions shall be but a small moment; and then, if [we] endure it well, God shall exalt [us] on high." - D&C 121:7
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Child Of Grace

The relationship of Joseph and Jesus is easily overlooked. The scriptures say little about this man who humbly accepted the role of stepfather to the Son of God. I am sure there were nights Joseph held Jesus in his arms and, feeling the weight of his responsibility, looked heavenward and prayed, "He is not my son. He is Yours. Father, help me."

My husband is a stepfather to our children, and as I watch him I am reminded of the millions of others who accept the responsibility of loving and raising children that are not their own. They change diapers, attend ball games, and bandage knees without any thought for themselves. They too look heavenward and offer the prayer of every parent, "They are not my children. They are Yours. Father, help me."
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Christ Video Collection

This DVD includes:
7 Christmas Videos
4 Christ Videos
2 Interviews
€7.86

Christmas Booklet

The Bible has been widely accepted by people all over the world as the word of God. Found within the pages of the Old Testament are prophecies surrounding the birth of Christ. The New Testament also contains prophecies as well as an account of the life and teaching of Jesus Christ. This is His story as written in the King James version of the Holy Bible.



From our family to yours, we invite you to enjoy this booklet as part of your Christmas Eve tradition or as personal reading to remember the reason we celebrate Christmas.
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Christmas Ornament Set

Released in the fall or 2012 these ornaments have been well received. In our first showing at a recent event we sold 56 set in just 3 days! These ornaments are little pieces of fine art. They are Giclée prints on paper with an ultra-violet resistant coating to protect them for years to come.

Each ornament comes with a new teaching, (The Twelve Days of Christmas) to remind us of the true meaning of Christmas. As a set they provide a means of teaching each of the twelve days of Christmas with a story to be read and a new ornament to hang on the Christmas tree each of the twelve days before Christmas.

Buy them individually or save buy purchasing them as a set.
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Come And See

When I began this painting in April 2008, I paid little attention to the stock market or the world at large. Who could have imagined then that we would witness the implosion of the world’s economic systems, the collapse of century-old institutions, and the loss of millions of people’s life savings. It seemed everything we put our confidence in was taken away – literally overnight. Surely these are the times Jesus spoke of when He said, “Men’s hearts [will] fail them.” – Luke 21:26.

Each day as bad news piled up, I found myself longing to be one of those disciples in the painting. To walk with Jesus and feel the peace and joy as they did. One particularly difficult day a thought came to me. I didn’t need to go to the shores of Galilee to walk with the Savior and find His peace, none of us do. We can each feel it right here and right now, no matter how uncertain these times become. Did He not promise us?

“Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid… ye now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man taketh from you.” – John 14:27; 16:24
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Come Follow Me

Two thousand years ago the Savior stood on the shores of Galilee teaching the crowds. As night fell, He perceived the people were hungry and asked His disciples to gather what food they could. He then took their "five loaves and two fishes" and fed the five thousand.

A few days later the crowds again returned to the shores of Galilee, but this time the Savior met them saying, "Ye seek me, not because ye saw the miracles, but because ye did eat of the loaves, and were filled... from that time many of his disciples went back, and walked no more with him." - John 6: 26, 67

Are we like the crowds who follow the Savior when life is easy and our bellies full, only to abandon Him when things grow hard? It is my witness that hardship is the cement of discipleship and that only in the midst of our failing health, our wayward children, and tough economic times can we truly understand the peace that comes from heeding His words, "Come Follow Me."

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Come Unto Me

When I paint I always start with the eyes, because they are the soul of each painting. Each day as I came in to the studio I had an overwhelming feeling that He was looking at me. Some days I did not feel comfortable looking into his eyes and avoided them, knowing I could do more or be more than I was. Other days I felt comfortable around Him and drew great strength in looking into His eyes.

As the painting neared completion I started showing it to others and I was amazed to find that they had the same reaction as I did. Some people did not want to look into His eyes, others smiled, and some cried. It was then I realized that He was not only looking for me, but that he was looking for all of us.

I remembered His words, "What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine, and go after that which is lost?" – Luke 15:4. We are each lost in our own way and the Good Shepherd never stops seeking after us until He has found us and carried us home.
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Crown Of Thorns

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Discipleship

Joseph of Arimathaea was a wealthy and respected member of the leading council of the Jews. Like Nicodemus before him, he was afraid of the counsel, unwilling to publicly declare his discipleship. Most of us are not that different from Joseph. We know what we believe—but we haven’t quite come to the point where we are willing to declare it from the rooftops.

I take great comfort in the way this story ends, when Joseph throws off his chains of fear and approaches Pilate to beg the body of Christ. This is the moment of rebirth, when Joseph’s love for his friend and Savior becomes stronger than his fear of men. Each of us has the opportunity to throw off our own chains. In that moment, we leave fear behind and move forward in faith to the love of Christ.
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Elect Lady

Through my studies of Joseph Smith I have come to love and respect his beloved wife, Emma. The Lord said of Emma, "Hearken unto the voice of the Lord your God, while I speak unto you, Emma Smith, my daughter;…thou art an elect lady, whom I have called…" - D & C 25: 1-4

Emma Smith has probably been judged and misjudged more than any other individual in Church History. It amazes me the even the mention of her name continues to stir such varied emotions. One cannot study the life of the Prophet Joseph Smith without wondering about this very private soul, Emma. I often wish that we had more information on their lives together, but when I think of how their lives have been opened to such scrutiny I am silently pleased for Emma that we do not.
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Emma's Hymns

Sometimes when callings come to us in the Church we are tempted to wonder how we can find the time. We are either raising young families, busy with careers, or caught up in the myriad of good things that take our time.

When the Lord gave Emma the assignment to compile a hymnbook for the church she was busy raising her family and had difficult duties as the wife of the Prophet. How did Emma manage to accomplish all that was asked of her? The answer lies in humble prayer and the desire to accomplish righteousness.

When we look at the good her work has done in bringing music and the Spirit to millions we see that there is no sacrifice in building the Kingdom that is too great when it is given with all of our heart to the Lord.
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Even Superman Needs A Dad

Driving through a parking lot, I saw a boy and his father coming out of a store. The boy was imagining himself as a mighty hero, but he looked at his father with more admiration than any hero is likely to receive. Right then, I knew I had to paint "Even Superman Needs a Dad."

This father took an interest in everything his son had to say. Every moment seemed magical. While this little boy looked a bit out of place dressed in a Superman cape and red cowboy boots, his father could not have looked prouder. Who was the real Hero? Who was more in awe of whom?

When I look around at the thousands of Supermen who play alone each day it breaks my heart. Looking at these two I remember a wonderful father who took the time to be there for me, who taught me by example what a father should be.

I enjoy watching someone look at the painting for the first time. Their gradual smile tells me they understand the feeling that brought about this painting. For a brief moment they forget there are bills to pay and work to do. They forget their worries and remember for a moment that life is wonderful. That is the joy in painting.
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Faith

Sometimes I look at my grandchildren and remember being a young mother with five little people. I remember waking up to tiny voices after another sleepless night. I remember sitting down in a mountain of laundry and crying because I felt so overwhelmed and so alone.

At those moments our prayers take on a new intensity. Receiving answers matters. And when we pray in faith He sends the Comforter to remind us that the work we do is His work and our children deserve every sacrifice we can make. This painting reminds me that among the tears and trials of motherhood are moments of wonderful laughter, and that every mother is first a daughter with a Father who still catches her when she leaps.
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Father's Baptism

In the parable of the Lost Sheep the Lord compares Himself to a Good Shepherd who leaves the ninety-nine to look for the one sheep who is lost.

It is easy for me to become distracted with things that seem important at the time, only to find that I have wandered away from the Lord and become lost. At those moments I take solace in His words:

"And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost." (Luke 15:5-6)
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Father's Gift

The gift of life is our most precious gift. The privilege to co-create with our spouse and our Heavenly Father is a sacred trust.

After losing a son, Joseph and Emma knew tragedy again in Kirtland, Ohio, when their newly born twins died within hours of birth. Losing children a second time was almost more than they could bear.

A few miles away, tragedy also struck the Murdock family. After bearing twins, Julia Murdock died, leaving her husband not only with the newborn twins, but five other children as well.

Brother Murdock heard of the Smiths’ great loss and called the prophet to his home. There, out of grief and selfless love much like that of our Heavenly Father’s, Brother Murdock asked Joseph to take the twins and raise them as his own.

With difficulty and humble gratitude, Joseph carried the twins back home and placed them in the arms of his weak and grieving wife Emma.

A Father’s Gift portrays the love of three fathers. Our heavenly Father entrusted the twins to John & Julia Murdock. Brother Murdock entrusted them to Joseph, who brought them to Emma. Joseph and Emma loved and raised the twins as if they were their own.
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Fear Not

“It was prophesied that Jesus would be born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2); and Jewish tradition held that His birth would be announced from Migdal Eder - a watchtower located near Bethlehem on the road to Jerusalem. A passage in the Mishnah says that the flocks at Migdal Eder were destined for Temple sacrifice. We may infer that the angel did come to Migdal Eder and the shepherds who heard the announcement and followed the star would be the perfect choice to spread the word of Christ’s birth. They would shortly lead their flocks to the temple to be sacrificed and while there would tell all of the miraculous birth." - Edersheim, Jesus the Messiah, p. 131; Sketches of Jewish Life, p. 76-77

I wanted to capture the moment when a little shepherd boy at the watchtower was awaken by a Heavenly light and heard those words so long foretold, "Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord." - Luke 2:10-11
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Feast On The Word: The Great Supper (Modern)

THE GREAT SUPPER

Parable

Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee. But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: and thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just...A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come. So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. And the servant said, lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper. - Luke 14:12-14, 16-24



Feast on the Word: The Great Supper (Modern)

In the parable of the Great Supper, a wealthy man makes a feast and sends invitations to his friends. Each turns down the invite citing financial and familial obligations to which they must attend. The master of the house, seeing that his friends will not join him, sends his servant into the streets to bring in all of the poor and homeless to share in his feast. God is the Master in the parable and He invites each of us, no matter or station, to come and sup with Him. Though we do not physically eat at the Lord's table, we certainly have the opportunity to feast spiritually. I included a trumpet in the stain glass window, symbolic that God is calling all of us and like those in the parable, we each must choose whether we will let daily cares and obligations prevent us from coming to feast spiritually at His table.
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Feast Upon The Word

As Mary and Joseph left Jerusalem after the Passover, they had traveled a day’s journey before realizing that Jesus was not with the large group. They returned to Jerusalem where they found the twelve year old Jesus, “… in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.” (Luke 2:46-47)

Later in His life, Jesus commanded His disciples to, “Search the scriptures; for in them ye… have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” (John 5:39)

After His resurrection, Jesus walked on the road to Emmaus with two disciples who said, “Did not our heart burn within us…while he opened to us the scriptures?” (Luke24:32)

A love of the scriptures was woven in and through the Savior’s life. He studied the Holy Scriptures from His youth. He taught from their pages throughout His ministry. And today, His words still open our understanding and give us hope. May we follow His perfect example and “feast upon the word.”
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Fiddle Dance

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First Vision

In each of our lives we are faced with confusion. Decisions can be difficult when the answers are unclear. At fourteen years old, Joseph Smith was faced with a country torn be religious revivalism. Preachers of all sects clamored for converts in a battle for men`s very souls. Joseph recounts the following:

"So great were the confusion and strife among the different denominations, that it was impossible for a person young as I was, and so unacquainted with men and things, to come to any certain conclusion who was right and who was wrong."

Joseph continued to search for answers to his confusion. One evening, Joseph was reading the family Bible in the book of James, first chapter and fifth verse: "If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberaly, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him."

Joseph arrived at the conclusion that he must either remain in darkness, or ask God which of all the chruches was God`s church. His humble prayer was answered on a beautiful morning, early in the sping of 1820. God the Father and His Son Jesus Christ appeared to the young boy Joseph Smith in a quiet grove of trees.

This began the restoration of the Lord`s kingdom upon the earth. God had spoken to men again, and the silence of the heavens was shattered. This event confirms the reality of the Savior of the world, Jesus Christ, for Joseph saw Him standing on the right hand of God. This remarkable vision provides the answer for the honest in heart who seek to know God`s truth.
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Flowers For A Lady

The widow of Robert Thompson wrote of the Prophet Joseph Smith’s kindness to her daughter:

"I can never forget the tender sympathy and brotherly kindness [Joseph] ever showed toward me and my fatherless child. When riding with him and his wife Emma in their carriage I have known him to alight and gather prairie flowers for my little girl." - History of Joseph Smith, p. 225.

I loved the image of the Prophet taking a moment to "stop and pick the roses." He was always so willing to lift another despite the trials he bore. It gives me courage that when things seem dark the best medicine to look outside myself and love another.
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Follow Me

Follow Me

The sun was high, the waters still
Their nets cast in the sea.
When Jesus called from distant shores,
"Leave work, and follow Me."

Another came to see the Lord
He cried, on bended knee,
I'll come, but let me say goodbye .. .
"Leave friends, and follow Me."

A rich man came who loved the Lord
He promised loyalty,
But begged to keep his riches.
"Leave gold, and follow Me."

The winds were fierce and cold the night
He walked upon the sea.
Lord save us, called his frightened friends.
"Leave fears, and follow Me."

And so He calls to each of us
Upon our stormy seas.
Leave friends, leave gold, leave fears, leave all
And come, and follow Me."
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For All Mankind

One of the first children I met in Zambia was a little boy named Kennedy. At three years old, Kennedy had lost both of his parents to AIDS and was found living alone with his six year old brother and ten year old sister. When I thought of those three children struggling to survive and the millions of others across Africa in similar circumstances, I felt an overwhelming hopelessness and said to myself, “No amount of money can fix this.”

I was curious to see how Kennedy and the others would react to Phillip, the man playing Christ. We decided to drop Phillip off several hundred yards from the “farm” and then drive in and set up our cameras. We told the children we had a wonderful surprise for them. When Phillip came into view the children instinctively ran to him and threw their arms around him. Everyone except Kennedy.

When Phillip saw this little boy standing apart from the others, he walked over and knelt down. As he opened his arms this little soul ran to him and threw his arms around his neck. He began speaking as fast as he could. Phillip looked for help to understand. One of the others translated.

“My mom and dad died. They are in heaven. Have you seen them? Are they ok?”

At that moment I knew it wasn’t hopeless. I realized that the Savior could fix not only the problems of Africa, but of the whole world…and we can be His hands to do it. For the first time in my life I felt what Isaiah meant when he said, “He will swallow up death in victory; and the Lord GOD will wipe away tears from off all faces.” To Kennedy and all who struggle to understand why, I promise that God has not forgotten you. That the time is coming when He will come in power and glory and when He will keep his promise and wipe away all of our tears.

WHY AN EDITION SIZE OF 6,171?
According to the United Nations Counsel on AIDS (UNAIDS), a child in Africa loses a parent every 14 seconds. We created the Giclee' Canvas Limited Edition with 6,171 canvases, the number of children who lose a parent to AIDS in Africa each day.
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For God So Loved The World Christmas Card Set 5 X 7 18-Pack

This 18 pack set of Christmas cards comes complete with envelopes. Message inside reads: "Wishing you Joy and Peace this Christmas Season."
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For of Such Is The Kingdom Of Heaven

Whenever I begin a painting, I start with a study of that painting as a sketch. This was the study for "For Such is the Kingom of Heaven."
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For She Loved Much

As the Lord prepared to enter Jerusalem for the last time, He stopped to eat with a Pharisee named Simon. During dinner a woman came in and began washing His feet. Simon was embarrassed by her presence, but the Lord taught:

“There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little.” (Luke 7:41-45, 47)

May we always remember that we are each debtors to a loving Father and that in the economy of heaven those who love most are often those who recognize more fully their need for God’s gift of forgiveness.
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For Unto You Book, Luke 2

Traditionally the story of Christmas found in Luke Chapter Two is read in most homes at Christmas time. Enjoy the reading with the beautifully illustrated images of Liz Lemon Swindle this Christmas!
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Forget Me Not

Forget not to be patient with yourself:
“Dear sisters, many of you are endlessly compassionate and patient with the weaknesses of others,” he added. “Please remember also to be compassionate and patient with yourself.”

Forget not the difference between a good sacrifice and a foolish sacrifice:
“Dedicating some of our time to studying the scriptures or preparing to teach a lesson is a good sacrifice. Spending many hours stitching the title of the lesson into homemade potholders for each member of your class may not be.”

Forget not to be happy now:
“The lesson here, is that if we spend our days waiting for fabulous roses, we could miss the beauty and wonder of the tiny forget-me-nots that are all around us.”

Forget not the “why” of the gospel:
“We sometimes see the gospel as a long list of tasks that we must add to our already impossibly long “to do” lists. We focus on what the Lord wants us to do and how we might do it, but we sometimes forget why.”

Forget not that the Lord loves you:
“Just think of it: You are known and remembered by the most majestic, powerful, and glorious being in the universe! You are loved by the King of infinite space and everlasting time. You may at times feel a little like the forget-me-not—insignificant, small, or tiny in comparison with others,” he said, noting: “I hope (the forget-me-not) will be a symbol of the little things that make your lives joyful and sweet.” — President Dieter F. Uchtdorf
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Forgive Me Joseph

Our spouses can bring us more joy and strength than any other relationship on earth. I think this was the case with Joseph and Emma. They were driven from town to town, rarely had a home of their own, and suffered mercilessly at the hands of mobs and devils, many times left with little else but each other.

After the death of Joseph, the Saints began to prepare for the trek west. Over the coming years as the saints came through Nauvoo, I could imagine Emma going to the bank of the river and watching them cross.

I can see her watching the endless wagon trains and handcarts bound for the city and faith that Joseph founded. Knowing she was not going west, I can imagine her whispering as she watched them disappear, "Forgive Me, Joseph."
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Forgiven

The Pharisees brought a woman who had sinned before Christ and trying to trap the Savior asked, "Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such should be stoned: but what sayest thou?"

Jesus turned to the gathering crowd and said, "He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her." Burdened under the weight of their own guilt the crowd left, leaving Christ and the woman alone. Jesus then turned to her and in words of mercy said, "hath no man condemned thee?...Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more." – John 8

It is easy to stand in the crowd and point out the sins of others. But in those quiet moments when we are left alone with the Savior we too pray for His forgiveness, and find peace in His words, "Go and sin no more."
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Friends

When the people brought their little children to the Savior His disciples rebuked them, but Jesus replied, “Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:13-14).

The Savior must have loved being surrounded by those perfect little souls who loved Him so dearly. I can imagine Him smiling as He watched them play and laughing as they told Him stories, the kind of simple and innocent stories all little children tell. I know they felt His love and longed to stay by His side.

This picture reminds me that no matter how old we get, we are still little children of a loving Father in Heaven.
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Gethsemane

When I started this painting, I believed that Gethsemane was about the suffering of Christ. About the agony so intense that He trembled because of pain and bled from every pore. By the time I finished, I saw that the miracle of Gethsemane went beyond the suffering. The miracle was the love that brought Him there.

“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.” (John 3:16-17)
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Gethsemane Sketch

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Go With Me To Cumorah

In the spring of 1820, Joseph walked from his parent’s home to a grove of trees to pray. His humble prayer brought an appearance of the Father and Son and started a new dispensation of truth.

In 1831, the persecutions of the Saints in Palmyra had just begun. Joseph knew the persecution would only increase; so with sadness in his heart they prepared to leave for Kirtland, Ohio.

I thought about the times I have moved. The quiet moments when you pause to remember as you pack something. The last look back as you pull away.

I could see Joseph pausing to look at the grove one last time. Remembering the moment when it all began.
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Going As A Lamb

Can any of us imagine how it felt on that fateful summer morning when Joseph said goodbye to this family on the front lawn in Nauvoo before heading to Carthage?

He must have known he would never see them again because he said, "I am going like a lamb to the slaughter; but I am calm as a summer’s morning; I have a conscience void of offense towards God, and towards all men. I shall die innocent, and it shall yet be said of me – he was murdered in cold blood!" – D&C 135:4

As I thought on that scene, Joseph left the pages of the books and became a living person to me. A man of feelings and sorrows who laughed, cried, and sacrificed all that he had for the Gospel of Christ. I couldn’t help but feel a little more determined to stand taller, walk faster, and be better.
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Greater Love Hath No Man

(New Testament | John 15:13)

13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
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Hands Of Time

As a little girl, I remember my mother and her friends sitting around a quilt while I lay underneath. I would watch their hands cast shadows across the different color swatches, their needles bobbing up and down. I felt safe listening to their laughter float through the room.

As a young woman, I waited with anticipation for the time when I would be allowed to take my place at the quilt. I remember my mother patiently showing me how to stitch and tie. I watched in amazement as her hands glided across the fabric and I longed for the day when I could do what she did.

As a mother, I sat listening to the women wander effortlessly through years of shared memories and took comfort in knowing I was not alone. As time passed, I noticed my mother’s hands growing old and I realized for the first time that her worries, her tears, and her laughter were tied into her quilts.

As a grandmother, I move a little slower and see a little further. I remember those friends who have gone on before. I appreciate the simple joys in life. I smile as I watch my own daughter noticing my wrinkled hands and I understand that quilting is more than just stitching fabric together. It is stitching hearts together. Looking back, I see that the most important lesson I learned was not how to quilt… but how to love.
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He Called Me By Name

Joseph recorded the experience of meeting the Angel Moroni as he was given a part of his mission on earth:

“On the evening of the…twenty-first of September 1823…I betook myself to prayer and supplication to Almighty God. While I was thus in the act of calling upon God, I discovered a light appearing in my room… When a personage appeared at my bedside, standing in the air…


“He called me by name, and said unto me that he was a messenger sent from the presence of God to me, and that his name was Moroni; that God had a work for me to do; and that my name should be had for good and evil among all nations, kindreds, and tongues…”

One need only enter “Joseph Smith” into any internet search engine to see the fulfillment of this prophecy. Truly the world has used Joseph’s name for good and evil. How blessed we are that he was true to the faith to his last breath.

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He is not Here

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He Is Risen

The greatest message of hope is not found in the crucifixion but in the empty tomb. When Mary arrived on that first Easter morning she found the stone rolled away and two angels standing inside. One turned to her and said, “Why seek ye the living among the dead? He is not here, but is risen” - Luke 24:5-6

Like Mary, each of us will face the loss of a loved one. One does not live long without experiencing the sorrow that comes with death and the longing for a glorious reunion. The miracle of the empty tomb is not just that He rose, but that because He did we will too. Each of us will leave our own empty tombs and be reunited with those we love.

It is the promise and hope of our own glorious resurrections that we hear in those angelic words, “He… is risen.”
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He Is Risen Book.

8 1/2 X 11 Hard Cover Book
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He That Is Without Sin

The leaders of the Jews brought an adulterous woman before the Lord asking if she should be stoned. Christ simply said, “He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.”

Convicted by their own conscience, the crowd disappeared leaving only Christ and the accused. “Woman, where are those thine accusers? hath no man condemned thee?” he said, “Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.”

In my own life it is easy for me to focus on my sins and forget the eternal value of the sinner. I then remember this story and the Savior’s power to heal. When the crowds cry for justice I take shelter in His mercy.
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He Was The Son Of God

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Heaven's Arms

As the Lord suffered in darkness in the Garden of Gethsemane, “…there appeared an angel unto him from heaven, strengthening him.” (Luke 22:43)

Though nothing like the Savior’s sacrifice, there are moments in each of our lives when our suffering seems insurmountable, our burdens unbearable, and our anguish overwhelming. In these dark moments, we too can find strength from heaven.

Jesus has promised us He will not leave us alone. His miracles did not end with the tomb. He is still giving sight to the sightless, hope to the hopeless, and love to those who feel lost and alone. He is still carrying us through our darkest hours and in His love we are encircled about in Heaven’s Arms.
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Heroes, Like Brother Joseph

This project required us to photograph many situations with Joseph and children. Several accounts in early church history demonstrate that Joseph loved children and took many opportunities to foster his relationship with them. He was known to have wrestled, participated in snowball fights, pulled sticks, played ball and fished with the youth. Many children and especially the LDS boys, recorded looking to Joseph as a hero, a role model. I cannot imagine a better role model for children than the prophet Joseph Smith.

It strikes me that you cannot truly follow someone you truly do not know. When I think of my own relationship with my Savior, it becomes clear to me that when He said “Come follow me,” He was inviting me to know Him. I am convinced that He loves each of us in such a personal way that he is overjoyed when we come to know Him and sorrows when we make him a stranger. Joseph is an example of someone who knew the Savior and followed Him.

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Heroes: Like Nephi Of Old

Heroes: Like Nephi of Old began in the summer of 1991. My original idea was a picture of a father and his young son reading The Book of Mormon. I asked a young boy, Nathan, to model for the painting.

Before we started, we talked about his favorite Book of Mormon characters and Nathan told me about Nephi. When Nathan spoke of him, he talked as if Nephi lived next door. The longer I listened, the more I came to understand that Nathan truly knew Nephi. Heroes: Like Nephi of Old emerged from this experience.

Listening to Nathan started me thinking about how close the heroes of the past are to those who listen. As I look around I am reminded that we clearly live in a world where righteousness is seldom the standard by which heroes are measured.

Nathan reminded me that heroes are only heroes if they give more than they take, if they lift more than they hinder and love more than they hurt. Nathan taught me that our greatest heroes never emerge from the pages of a comic book, but are found in our past.
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Hold On Tight

Saying "Hold on tight!" is what anyone might do when carrying a child piggyback. Jesus loved and enjoyed children, and probably played with them from time to time. It is not hard to imagine a group of children trying to get His attention and one feeling very special riding high on His back.

The direction to "Hold on tight!" may also be taken metaphorically – do we follow His teachings with all of our might? His teachings and commandments were given to help us avoid problems and ultimately be happy. The message is as simple as the painting; Christ wants us to be happy simply because he loves us.
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Hope

When Mary came to the tomb, she found the stone rolled away and the tomb empty. She ran to the disciples crying, "They have taken away the Lord…and we know not where they have laid him" (John 20:2). Peter and John immediately ran to the tomb.

What did they think as they ran? Were they simply curious to see for themselves? Did they fear, like Mary, that their enemies had stolen the body? Or did they remember His promise, "Destroy this temple, and in three days I will raise it up"?

The decision that faced Peter and John that Sunday morning is the same decision that faces each one of us today. Will we doubt? Will we hope? Or will we know that He lives? I know that He lives.
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I Am The Resurrection

In the story of Lazarus, Martha tells the Lord he is too late and her brother has already died. Christ reassures her that her brother will rise again. She replies, "I know that he shall rise again in the resurrection at the last day." With perfect clarity he declares, "I am the resurrection." – John 11

For most of us the thought of death is far distant, but for those whose trials come through physical illness and disability the reminders of mortality are not easily ignored. For them, and for my son, I pray the Savior will come quickly and bring the promised resurrection and an end to their pain.

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I Know Thee Not

In the parable of the Ten Virgins the Lord compares His Second Coming to a wedding feast in which ten virgins are invited to wait for the arrival of the newly married couple. Knowing that the wait might stretch into the night each virgin brought a lamp, but only five brought extra oil.

When the wait for the bridegroom stretched longer than anticipated, the five foolish virgins ran out of oil and were forced to go to the market in search of more. While they were away the Savior came and went in with His guests to the feast. When they returned the door was shut and they called to the Lord to open. He said simply, "I know you not."

Can you imagine the moment when they realized that they would not be admitted. Some might express anger at having waited so long, it was His fault for not coming sooner. Others might have dismissed it as having never wanted in to begin with. I wanted to capture those who cry out recognizing the finality of those words, "I know you not."
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I Would Gather Thee

I WOULD GATHER THEE AS A HEN GATHERETH HER CHICKS

Parable

O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! - Matthew 23:37

I Would Gather Thee (Biblical)

On the night before Jesus was crucified, He went to the Mount of Olives overlooking Jerusalem with His disciples. As He sat looking down on the city and people He loved, He lamented, "... how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!" - Matthew 23:37.

I Would Gather Thee, A Mother's Vigil (Modern)

God still longs to gather us today under His wing. He is anxious to protect us and provide comfort amidst the ever growing storms that surround us. I painted twelve chicks, symbolic of the number of Jesus' apostles - those who assisted Jesus in His work - and the thought that God wants to gather all of His children, but that He often does this through the love and efforts of others here on earth.

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If Father Will Hold Me

A Typhus epidemic afflicted children in the Smith household. Each child recovered without complications, except young Joseph. He wrote, "…the disease removed and ascended into my left leg and ankle and terminated in a fever sore of the worst kind."

The doctors recommended amputation, but Mother Smith refused. Joseph consented to trying an experiment by removing a large portion of bone, but instead of being bound during the operation, Joseph said, "I will have my father sit on the bed and hold me in his arms."

The surgeons operated "by boring into the bone of his leg, first on one side of the bone where it was affected, then on the other side, after which the broke it off with a pair of forceps or pincers."

I cannot imagine the courage of Joseph or his father. What a special relationship that he need only for his father to hold him and he would endure.

I want to be the kind of a parent that my children will hold to during hardship, and the kind of daughter that will hold to my Father when times are tough.
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Impressions Of A Prophet 3X4 Mini Pack

A 12 pack of assorted 3 X 4 images from Liz Lemon Swindle's Impressions of a Prophet collection.
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Impressions of a Prophet Card Set #1 5 X 7

Purchase this 6 card set and save $3.50. Set Includes: 1 Joseph in Liberty Jail 1 Emma on on the Ice 1 Brother Joseph's Revenge 1 Forgive Me, Joseph 1 Father's Baptism 1 Heroes Like Nephi
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Impressions of a Prophet Card Set #2 5 X 7

Purchase this 6 card set and save $3.50. Set Includes: 1 While Emma Sleeps 1 Day of God's Power 1 Strength of Body and Mind 1 Translation of the Bible 1 More Than Friends 1 Emma's Hymns
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Impressions of a Prophet Card Set #3 5 X 7

Purchase this 6 card set and save $3.50. Set Includes: 1 Heroes Like Brother Joseph 1 Tiny Hands 1 Father's Gift 1 Time to Laugh 1 Go With Me to Cumorah 1 Let's Get Papa
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Impressions of a Prophet Card Set #4 5 X 7

Purchase this 6 card set and save $3.50. Set Includes: 1 Restoration 1 If Father Will Hold Me 1 My Beloved Emma 1 Flowers for a Lady 1 God Bless You Mother 1 Oh My Poor Brother Hyrum
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Impressions Of A Prophet Cardset #5

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It Is Finished

Throughout His ministry the Savior spoke of His impending death, "Behold, we go up to Jerusalem, and all things...concerning the Son of man shall be accomplished. For he shall be...mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on: and they shall scourge him, and put him to death," and still His disciples "understood none of these things." - Luke 18: 31-34

How could they understand that He loved them enough to allow Himself be taken, scourged, and killed? How could they know that His death was for them? Yet with three simple words, "It is finished," the door to salvation was opened and His love was forever etched on the hearts of the believers.

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Jesus

When I began painting the life of Christ I promised myself that I would paint a portrait of the Savior each year. I wanted to see how my view of the Savior would change as I came to know Him better.

This was the first portrait. It gets its name from my two year old granddaughter. I came into my studio one morning to find her standing in front of the painting. She was carrying on a conversation and as I listened I could make out the word "Jesus."
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Jesus Christ

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Jesus Once Was A Little Child

The Bible contains a single verse describing the Savior's childhood, "And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him." - Luke 2:40

I could imagine Mary looking on while her Son played with his brothers and sisters (Matt. 13:55-56). I could see Joseph smiling while Jesus laughed and played with friends and family. I wanted to capture that magical innocence of childhood, which blesses our lives for such a short moment and then leaves us longing for the sound of little feet and the laughter of little children.

I am reminded of a song I learned as little girl:

Jesus once was a little child,
A little child like me;
And he was pure and meek and mild,
As a little child should be.

So, little children,
Let’s you and I
Try to be like him,
Try, try, try.
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Jesus The Christ

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Jesus Wept

When Lazarus became sick, Mary and Martha sent a messenger to Jesus. They were extremely concerned about their brother. Jesus assured them that their brother’s sickness was not unto death “but for the glory of God, that the Son of God might be glorified thereby.” John 11:1-5

Knowing that Lazarus was to be raised from the dead, Jesus did not leave immediately. He tarried two days with his apostles. The apostles did not wish to return to Jerusalem, knowing of the disposition of the Jews and that they wanted to take Jesus. Therefore, when Jesus informed them that Lazarus was sleeping and that he must go and wake him, his disciples misunderstood and told him that if Lazarus was sleeping it was a good thing. Then, so that they could not misunderstand, Jesus said, “Lazarus is dead.” John 11:14

By the time Jesus arrived at the outskirts of Bethany, Lazarus had been in the grave 4 days.

While this process of events was necessary that Jesus might show that he had power over death, He is the only one who seemed to know this. He was following the Father’s plan, yet he was greeted by Martha first, then by Mary with the same words: “if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.” John 11:21; John 11:32

With Mary at his feet weeping, Jesus “groaned in the spirit, and was troubled,” John 11:33

Though He knew that He would raise Lazarus from the dead, he felt great compassion for Mary and Martha. And as the scripture states, “Jesus wept.” John 11:35

In our lives, we face trials and difficulties. Our Father in heaven does not choose to intervene every time and take away our problems. Yet he has provided a way of escape through the atonement of Jesus Christ. Still, it must be difficult to see us in our trials. This small verse in the Bible teaches us this reality. As I think of this passage, I can’t help but wonder, “How many times has Jesus wept for me?”
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Journey

In Luke we read, "And Joseph also went up…to be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child." What must Mary have thought when Joseph told her they would be going to Bethlehem?

Leaving family and friends at the very moment when she was to deliver. What must she have thought as they crossed those dusty roads only to find shelter in a stable? It was her faith to go that brought hope into a hopeless world.

This life has been compared to a journey. We do not know the end when we begin, and there are times we cannot see even a single step ahead. But like Mary, we must have the faith to walk into the unknown and pray that God, who holds all things in His hands, will hold on to us.
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Joy Of The Lord

As a little girl I spent hours looking through our old family Bible. The pictures were dark and foreboding and I was sure the Lord was waiting for me to make a mistake so He could punish me. I think I am not alone in this. As I travel around I hear over and over statements like, “Why aren’t there any pictures of Jesus smiling or happy?”

I wanted to create a picture for my children and now grandchildren of the loving friend I longed for as a child. I wanted them to see that Jesus is not waiting to punish us; rather He is waiting to hold us, laugh with us, and love us. I wanted them to know that He is and will always be our hope, our happiness, our joy, and most importantly our friend.



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Lamb Of God

As the artist explains, “There is a long period in Jesus’ life—after he taught in the temple at age twelve and before he declared his ministry—that remains unknown.

We can assume that as a Jew, Jesus would have taken part in the centuries-old Passover ritual. At twelve he would have been considered a member of the community and expected to make the Passover pilgrimage from Nazareth to Jerusalem.

I have portrayed the young Jesus with a sacrificial (paschal) lamb—symbolic of Christ himself, first-born and unblemished—to represent Christ’s sinless sacrifice.” Published from the artist’s original oil painting.
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Last Supper

Whenever I begin a painting, I start with a study of that painting as a sketch. This was the study for "Last Supper."
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