Wednesday, February 11, 2015
In creating this painting of the Nauvoo temple, I wanted to capture some of that spirit. The "true grit" of the saints who sacrificed everything, so often becoming anonymous because of their sacrifices. You can see some of the patterns of chaos in the details of this picture. They symbolize to me the intense sacrifice of men and women of intense courage. Porter Rockwell, saying I'lll see you in Hell first, and then I won't. Mosiah Hancock, eating squirel. All the stories we're not allowed to tell because they are too gory. I wanted to call this piece, "the blood of our fathers" but the publishers said it was too gory, and we settled on the current title, Sacred Memory.