This symbolic and sacred tree of life was painted to be reminiscent of an olive tree—the
very kind of tree that the Savior himself knelt under in prayer in the Garden Of
The tree stands alone, symbolic of wisdom gathered over time. The twists and turns
of the branches represent the hardships, sin, and imperfections of our lives. We
all make mistakes and cannot overcome them without Jesus Christ. Through His Atonement,
we can stand beautiful and triumphant.
The fruit was created with gold leafing. Gold is a symbol of love and compassion.
The fruit glows in the reflecting light, representing the light of Christ that we
all have in our lives. The fruit is “sweet and pure” and brings “joy to the soul.”
An olive tree’s leaves never fall; they rejuvenate and persist. They are a symbol
of peace and forgiveness. Just like the leaf of an olive tree, the Savior’s love
is constant. Paul referred to an olive leaf as the oil of gladness, and in that sense,
it is also symbolic of joy.
Because of the Savior’s pure and ultimate sacrifice for us, we can become free from
sin, and live with our Father in Heaven again. It is only because of the Savior that
we have the tree of eternal life.
This art piece is based off of the scripture Jacob 5:41. I love the allegory of the
olive tree because I think it shows how deeply Heavenly Father loves us. The verse
that I highlighted in my piece shows the Lord of the Vineyard weeping over losing
one of his trees. The question "What could I have done more for my vineyard?" shows
how hard he works to nourish us, strengthen us, watch over us, and how much he cares
for our wellbeing. It grieves him that he should lose any one of us.
The allegory of the olive tree, recorded in Jacob 5, makes known to me God’s wonderful
works. It is an allegory of the Master, of His devotion and work in the vineyard
throughout the world and of the work of his servants. The olive tree is one of the
archetypal elements of the earth, known for its ability to grow in dry, unforgiving
soil. In the center of the artwork lies the quatrefoil from Christian symbolism.
A window represents the four gospels and all servants who labor diligently for the
salvation of man. In Native American culture, the leaves of the quatrefoil symbolize
the four outermost parts of the vineyard.
This piece explores the symbolic use of olive trees in the scriptures. Jeremiah 11:16
states that it is an honor to be likened to an olive tree: “The Lord called thy name,
A green olive tree, fair, and of goodly fruit.” The promise of God’s covenant blessings
is symbolized in the tame olive trees, and our individual lives and works in the
good fruit. The painting is set in the modern day to represent the gathering of the
house of Israel and the final proliferation of good fruit. It testifies of the Savior’s
ministry of hope and salvation.
The message of this painting is that Christ is the source we look to for our salvation.
Prophets have testified of Christ’s mission and His saving role throughout the ages.
Prophets today repeat what has been said concerning Him, prophesy of His future coming,
and teach us what He would have us do. The prophet in this painting represents all
the prophets throughout time. The words coming from his mouth are statements found
in the scriptures about Christ. How marvelous are God’s works in giving us prophets
to lead us to Him.