The Rough Stone


Most religious leaders, while brilliant and inspired, are also complicated and imperfect. Sometimes in our reverence for their genius we can smooth out every rough edge they may have with gentle layers of brushstrokes and luminescent varnish.  But it’s the very shadows that make highlights shine.  It’s the texture that makes us relate and feel like we want to extend our hand to touch something.  It’s each color—the reds and the blues, the yellows and greens—with all their symbolic meaning that makes things truly rich. In my study of Joseph Smith as a scholar and believer he is a colorful man; he is a mortal man; he is an inspired man; he is a revelatory man; all wrapped into one.  I wanted to create an image of Joseph Smith that attempted to express these ideas through paint. God can, and does, reveal his perfect grace through imperfect people, past and present.     

“I am like a huge, rough stone” – Joseph Smith

  • A “Paper Print” is a fine art reproduction printed on 80 lb. heavy weight matte paper using indigo ink. 
  • A “Canvas Mount” is a giclee fine art reproduction on canvas, professionally mounted on 1/4 inch masonite board, intended to be framed.
  • A “Large Canvas Wrap” is a giclee fine art reproduction printed on canvas, professionally mounted and wrapped around the sides of a 1.5 inch thick frame, intended to be hung directly without a frame.  

 

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