“I believe one of the most wonderful works of the Lord is the tree of life. To create
the trunk of the tree, I had to heat the rebar to be able to twist it into the shape
I desired—just as our Heavenly Father uses trials in our lives to mold us into the
person He envisions us to be. Gears were added to the trunk—like experiences in our
lives that give us strength and character. The bicycle chains add movement to the
tree and the ability to change. The marbles are attached to the tree with magnets
and can be removed, symbolizing the partaking of the fruit of the tree, or the love
This artwork depicts the fulfillment of prophecies given through the Lord’s prophets.
There are four prophets: Isaiah with his prophetic writings, Ezekiel with scrolls
of scripture from two nations, Moroni humbly kneeling over the plates he diligently
kept, and Joseph Smith retrieving the record and fulfilling a long-awaited promise.
Framing the prophets are motifs from the scriptures—golden wheat woven with tares
as described in the parables of Christ, as well as vines and branches, further connecting
the Lord to his messengers. I have made an effort to progress from the color and
texture of the area surrounding the ancient prophets to a modern style and palette
used beneath the modern prophet, Joseph Smith. Each element, color, and figure testifies
of the continuation of the Lord’s pattern of calling prophets to lead His people.
"And many more things did King Mosiah write unto them, unfolding unto them all the
trials and troubles of a righteous king, yea, all the travails of soul for their
people, and also all the murmurings of the people to their king;...And he told them
that these things ought not to be; but that the burden should come upon all the people,
that every man might bear his part...Therefore they relinquished their desires for
a king, and became exceedingly anxious that every man should have an equal chance
throughout all the land; yea, and every man expressed a willingness to answer for
his own sins (Mosiah 29:33-34, 38)." The burdens of his people weigh this king down
like a peg being driven into the ground! We know that King Mosiah did not "exact
riches" of his people, thus each is depicted with a touch of gold, and the only gold
on Mosiah lies on his head/crown.
Lehi sent his sons back to Jerusalem to obtain genealogical and religious records.
Nephi acquired the records with considerable difficulty, through divine aid, and
persuaded Zoram, a servant who delivered the precious items to Nephi, to join his
family in the wilderness. In this night scene Nephi and Zoram meet Nephi's brothers
outside the walls of Jerusalem. The brothers, mistaking their identity, flee in panic.
There is charming melodrama in the expressive nature of this painting.
“This is the same theme as my other piece by the same title that was shown at the
LDS Church History Museum, just a more realistic take on the figure begging. This
piece will be shown at St. Matthew Lutheran Church in Waco from Oct 27 to Nov 4,
2012. The bluebells represent grattitude in the Japanese language of flowers.
"Consider the lillies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they
And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one
of these...shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?" Matthew 6:28-30”
Honorable Mention in the 2017 Book of Mormon Central Art Contest
In creating this image, I was thinking of Mosiah 27:29: "My soul hath been redeemed
from the gall of bitterness and bonds of iniquity. I was in the darkest abyss; but
now I behold the marvelous light of God. My soul was racked with eternal torment;
but I am snatched, and my soul is pained no more." This is his moment of epiphany.