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Another First Vision lecture! On Sunday night, Eric Jepson gave a lecture entitled Triangulating God as part of the Oakland Stake First Vision Lecture Series. He included First Vision VIII (at around 15:16), First Vision XIII (at around 34:08), and First Vision VI (at around 35:57). I haven’t watched the whole talk yet (same story, I know), but I’m looking forward to it.

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Last night Richard L. Bushman gave a Center for Latter-day Saint Arts Zoom keynote:

In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of the Restoration of the Gospel, foremost scholar and historian of the Prophet Joseph Smith, Richard Bushman shares the art of the First Vision. He addresses this seminal event in the Latter-day Saint faith tradition as it has been visually represented from artists all over the globe. Bushman also answers questions about why the arts are significant to revelatory development.

With my permission (though with the artwork’s Creative Commons license it wasn’t actually necessary), he included my Let Him Ask of God piece at the end of his talk. That part starts around 29:54. (I haven’t watched the whole thing yet — it just got uploaded an hour or so ago — but I’m very much looking forward to it.)

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BYU Studies cover

Pleased to announced that Let Him Ask of God is on the cover of issue 59:2 of the BYU Studies Quarterly journal:

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The painting also gets a mention in one of the articles, Anthony Sweat’s Visualizing the Vision: The History and Future of First Vision Art. Recommended.


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Fire from Heaven

One of my pieces, First Vision XIII, is featured in the spring issue of BYU Magazine. It accompanies Fire from Heaven, a condensed version of a talk given by Truman Madsen on the First Vision, along with great art by five other BYU-affiliated artists (Alice Pritchett, Kirk Richards, Ray Johnson, Dan LeFevre, and Anthony Sweat).

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BYU Magazine also has a Facebook gallery up with the art from the article.


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Let Him Ask of God

Let Him Ask of God
Made in Illustrator, textured in Photoshop.

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I was commissioned recently to do cover artwork for a new magazine, the Work + Wonder Collective. The first issue (coming in February) is about the Restoration of the gospel, and this is the cover:

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