New Holy Family Art

Holy Family
Holy Family

I’ve been working digitally for decades, but this piece represents a new commitment for me into a fully digital commercial painting workflow.

More details on the Holy Family page.

Festival of Lights

Festival of LightsAdobe Illustrator

Digital poster for a competition at the Washington, D.C. Temple Visitors Center many years ago. Their Festival of Lights each December is a great treat to see!


Pumpkin Cat

Pumpkin CatAdobe Illustrator, 1994
Featured in MacWorld Illustrator 6 Bible, 2nd Edition, by Ted Alspach, 1995.

Original artwork for my own line of greeting cards many years ago.


Santa and the Star

Santa StarAdobe Illustrator, 1994
Featured in Adobe Illustrator 6.0 Masterworks by Sharyn Venit, 1996.

Hand drawn, scanned and then digitized original artwork for my own line of greeting cards many years ago.


The Little Tree

Quiet Little TreeFrom a newsletter wraparound cover I did many years ago.

In the Garden

In the Garden
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Oil on Gessobord
18×36 inches
February 2014
Accepted into the Tenth International Art Competition, Museum of Church History and Art, Salt Lake City, Utah.
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This painting shows the Son of God bearing the sins of all mankind, the supreme example of His love for us. In the Garden of Gethsemane he “fell on his face, and prayed”. Mark describes him falling on the ground and Luke describes him as kneeling, but whatever the position we know that he prayed in agony. In my view, no position says surrender, pleading, and pain like flattening oneself to the earth, face down in total humiliation. The strain he is under is reflected in his face, darkened by the stress-related rush of blood.

This Atonement began in the Garden of Gethsemane, as told in Matthew 26:36-46, Mark 14:32-42, and Luke 22:39-46. It ended on the cross when he paid the ultimate price for our sins.

The Easter Paintings
Why does this Christ have short hair?

Next in the 2014 Easter series: “Comforted”   >>


On the Cross

Oil on Gessobord
18×36 inches
December 2013

On the Cross
On the Cross. Click to enlarge.
Painted over three days in 2013, this image depicts the Son of God bearing the weight of the world as he endures the most humiliating and painful death that man can inflict, and much more, all out of His love for us.

I created this piece to inspire contemplation and gratitude, telling the story through suggestion rather than focusing on the gore and ugliness so natural in such a brutal experience. While flagellation and crucifixion are monstrous, I believe that thoughtfulness changes lives more effectively than shock. The viewer can take it from there.

This is the first in a series of paintings depicting the death and resurrection of the Savior. The second is “In the Garden”.

The Easter Series of Paintings
Why does this Christ have short hair?

Next in the 2014 Easter series: “Triumphant”   >>