Prints and background stories of select commissioned drawings
Pencil drawing of a little girl with Down’s Syndrome sitting on the Savior’s lap. Despite the physical and cognitive limitations of this condition, families will attest to the added capacity Down’s children possess to share love unconditionally. “Whoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt 18:4)
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Pencil drawing of Jesus surrounded by five, adoring little girls who all died in one heartbreaking event. The happy expressions on the children’s faces assure us of the joy that awaits us all. Though tragedies occur, there is an eternal plan that provides peace, hope and comfort. Through His atonement, broken hearts can be healed and filled with joy in the knowledge that we can be with Him and our loved ones again. “And 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 16:22) See “My Beliefs”
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Pencil drawing of a young girl with Cerebral Palsy on crutches sharing a special moment with Jesus. This picture shows Jesus’ watchful care while she was upon this earth. The joy on her face reflects faith and knowledge she has that her limitations are only temporary. “The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up and their poor have the gospel preached to them. And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.” (Matt. 11:5-6) See “My Beliefs”
Pencil drawing depicting the quiet, sacred moments of an elderly woman feeling the strength and reassurance of the Savior. “…ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.” (Jeremiah 6:16)
Pencil drawing of a seated, elderly man holding a book, discussing truths and being taught the good word by the Savior. “Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.” (John 5:39)
Pencil drawing of the Savior and a young mother gazing fondly upon her newborn cradled in the Savior’s arms. This picture conveys the partnership all mothers share with God in bringing a child into this world, but it may also depict a bittersweet moment when Jesus’ loving arm strengthens a mother cherishing the final touch of her departing infant. Such a separation can come through death, adoption or other complex situations, but all require a total trust that the Lord will watch over and care for the child. “Therefore also I have lent him to the Lord; as long as he liveth he shall be lent to the Lord.” (1 Samuel 1:28)
Pencil drawing of a mother kissing her newborn baby with the Savior hovering near. There are few bonds that equal that of a mother and her newborn child. Truly each baby brings a new dimension of love that compensates for all the sacrifices of motherhood. “A woman when she is in travail hath sorrow, because her hour is come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembereth no more the anguish, for joy that a man (child) is born into the world.” (John 16:21)
Pencil drawing of a newborn baby being held by the doctor and taking the first breaths of mortality. Despite the millions of babies born to humanity, every birth is a miracle and each child is a gift from heaven. “Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.” (Psalm 127:3)
Pencil drawing of Jesus enjoying the companionship of two dachshunds. God created the world and then gave man dominion over it. The beauty, variety, and function of all His creations testifies of His love for us in that they fill and exceed our needs, including that of companionship. “And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good.” (Genesis 1:31)
Pencil drawing of a teenage boy seated with the Savior. The expression on the Savior’s face shows His love for and confidence in this young man. There is a feeling of camaraderie as the Lord anticipates the future role of his friend in the eternities. “Give me understanding, and I shall keep thy law; yea, I shall observe it with my whole heart” (Psalm 119:34)
Pencil drawing depicting a teenage girl’s joy in Christ’s embrace. It is a reminder of the true love of Jesus Christ, and it is an invitation to experience it. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ?…neither death, nor life…shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:35-39)
Pencil drawing of a teenage girl being embraced by The Savior. The passing of a loved one may be one of life’s greatest tests- especially when, from our perspective, death comes prematurely. But surviving friends and family will find added comfort in knowing that death is not the end of life nor the end of our loved one’s involvement in our lives. “Fear not: for they that be with us are more than they that be with them.” (2 Kings 6:16) See “My Beliefs”
Pencil drawing of a toddler sitting happily on the lap of the Savior. Jesus taught us of the goodness and purity of children many times during His earthly ministry. Families of children who die while at an age of innocence- not yet understanding right from wrong, can take great comfort in knowing such children are received into the arms of the Lord. “…Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.” (Matt 18:3) See “My Beliefs”
Pencil drawing of a 4 year old boy with his arms around Jesus’ neck as he is held safely in the Savior’s arms. From our limited perspective of mortality, we may not understand why good people, particularly young children are required to suffer illness, injury and pain. But through our humble prayers of faith, peace can fill the void of confusion and doubt. “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
Pencil drawing of a middle-aged woman in the loving arms of the Savior. Our character is molded by how we respond to the highs and lows of life. As we realize that through His atonement, Christ has borne all our sorrows, we will not only turn to Him for strength to submit to His will, but also give thanks to Him for our success and blessings. “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
Pencil drawing of an eight year old girl embracing the Savior from behind as he sits and looks at her over his shoulder. We can learn much from young children about faith and happiness. Perhaps it is their not-so-distant departure from heaven that enables them to find joy in the present despite pain of the past or the uncertainty of the future. “…Whoso trusteth in the Lord, happy is he.” (Proverbs 16:20) See “My Beliefs”
Pencil drawing of the Savior’s hands holding a three month old baby. One of the greatest joys we can experience is heaven’s gift of a newborn baby. Conversly, the greatest pain may be when that gift is called back home. But we can find great comfort in the knowledge that the hands which created us all are the same hands that hold those who return until we once again hold them in our arms. (See “What I Believe”) “…O Lord, thou art our father; we are the clay, and thou our potter; and we all are the work of thy hand.” (Isaiah 64:8) See “My Beliefs”
Pencil drawing of a woman seated with the Savior, resting her head on his shoulder and feeling the reassurance of His love. All of us experience periods of doubt, discouragement and hopelessness. Life’s burdens seem unbearable. But because our loving Savior has already borne our grief and pain through the atonement, He not only provided a way to overcome it, but with perfect empathy will help us do so. All we need do is look to Him. “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest…for my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)
Pencil drawing of a beaming little girl leaving the confines of her wheelchair and running toward the open arms of Jesus. Whether our afflictions be physical or spiritual, our hope of perfection enables us to patiently and cheerfully endure. (See “My Beliefs”) “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength: they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31) See “My Beliefs”
Pencil drawing of a boy with Cerebral palsy sitting on Jesus’ lap. Jesus Christ loves and values all of his Father’s children, including those with disabilities. His atonement provides the opportunity for all to be well and whole one day. “Arise, go thy way; thy faith hath made thee whole.” (Luke 17:19)
Pencil drawing of a woman reading stories about Jesus to a group of children. Whether we are parents, extended family members or friends, we all have the opportunity, and perhaps the obligation, to teach children about Jesus Christ while their minds are open and hearts are pure. The knowledge of a Savior and an understanding of his teachings will provide a source of direction and comfort throughout their lives. “Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6)
Pencil drawing of a miner walking arm in arm with the Savior. I drew this in the wake of a tragic mining accident that claimed the lives of eight men. My heart ached for the families of those victims, and as I sent a letter of sympathy and a free print to each of them, I prayed they would be comforted by envisioning their husband, brother or father in a similar scene. Every day as our loved ones walk out the door, we face the possibility that at day’s end they may not walk back through it. Such a reality could cause us to live in a constant state of fear. But instead we love and cherish each other every day, and trust that God watches over us and can quell the noise, confusion and heartache of this life through the calming peace of the Spirit. “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalms 46:10)
Pencil drawing of a fallen miner walking arm in arm with the Savior and a poem written in the voice of the miner who has died in an accident. The prose was contributed by local cowboy poet, Neil Early.
Pencil drawing of a young African-American boy sitting on Jesus’ lap. The Savior knows and loves each one of God’s children and regards them equally. In addition, the passing of a loved one never goes unnoticed by Him. He welcomes all. “Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? And one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father…Fear ye not, therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.” (Matt 10:29-31).
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