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Parable: The Prodigal Son (Modern)



Arguably the most well known of the Savior's parables, in the Prodigal Son a father has two sons. The younger leaves home and takes his inheritance spending it on "riotous living." Having spent all, this wayward son takes a job feeding the swine and filled his belly with the food intended for the pigs. The parable says that "when he came to himself," the younger son determined to return to his father and ask that he be allowed to return as a hired servant. Upon seeing him return, the father took him back - not as a servant, but again as his son. The elder brother, seeing his father's excitement, protested that he had stayed and done as he should. Why was their no rejoicing over his faithfulness? The father replied, "Thou are ever with me, and all that I have is thine. It was meet that we should make merry... for thy brother was dead, and is alive again; and was lost, and is found." - Luke 15:32

This painting comes from the account of a friend of ours whose son was a drug addict for almost fifteen years. One morning, this faithful father received a call from a friend of his son saying that his son was not moving. As a bishop, he was up early and dressed for his Sunday morning meetings. He immediately drove to his son, scooped him off that drug house floor, and took him to the hospital before returning to conduct Sunday services. He said nothing to his congregation, just did his best to help them. Then, returned to the hospital to sit with his son. I include a green vine on this father's tie to remind us that even in our darkest hours there is a hope of new life. Today, that son has returned to the fold and works in a youth ministry helping teens. He explained that it was the love of his parents that brought him home.


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Paris Angel



I had my daughter Paris stand in this dress and twirl as I took rapid shots of her. This was the perfect pose for the painting because I wanted to capture free motion, which gives the angel a sense of freedom and a love of life, sort of a childish innocence.

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Passage By Faith



“I have used a voyage on a river as a metaphor for the journey of life in many of my paintings,” says James C. Christensen on "Passage by Faith." “Sometimes we travel alone, sometimes with friends and family and often with a mixed group of strangers, human and not so. But the journey is inevitable, and our task is to make the best of the ever-changing voyage. We don’t always control the river, but we often have choices that determine what will happen next on our odyssey.

“The man in the boat is one I call the Everyman. His hump identifies him as an imperfect being, a symbol of human imperfections. Some are physical, others are of personality or character, but none of us is perfect. The world is crumbling a bit around our Everyman in his boat but he doesn’t stop moving forward or become distracted by things that might pull him off course. The fish—the symbol of wisdom and magic—follows behind him whispering encouragement and the candle in front of him represents his faith that lights his way. Will he avoid rough waters and the certain challenges of life’s journey? I think he is prepared to make good choices and has the faith to know he will be guided through the difficulties to come. For the moment, he rows.”

Some of Christensen’s most popular works are the ones inspired by his beliefs and "Passage by Faith" is the title for and the cover art of a new book published by Deseret Book. This collection explores the spiritual and scriptural connections found in Christensen’s work. The Greenwich Workshop has created both canvas and paper Fine Art Editions "Passage by Faith," either the perfect choice to bring some inspiration for the soul to any room in the need for a little visual and spiritual lift.


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Peace On Earth





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Prayer



For some time now I have challenged myself to capture "letters" hidden in the world around us. Our customers have enjoyed creating personalized pieces of art from our extensive collection of photographs.

For the first time, we are offering something with even more meaning. I have managed to create words using beautiful photographs taken of temples and temple grounds.

Can you read..."Prayer"?

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Praying For Him





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Preceless Treasures





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Sacramento Temple





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Saint Apollonia



Once upon a time, the boundless imagination of master storyteller James C. Christensen created a series of paintings under the guise of an obscure (and fictitious) 15th century Flemish painter. This enigmatic collection became known as “Saints and Angels” for its similarities to the devotional art of that era, as well as its portrayals of largely forgotten Christian saints. Greenwich Workshop fine art collectors have contributed to the sell-out of previous limited editions from Saints and Angels including Isabella, Angel with Epaulet and Madonna with Two Angels.



St. Apollonia is the perfect complement to any of the releases from this series of elegant yet powerful women or a lovely and affordable start to a James C. Christensen collection of art for your home. Apollonia is the patron saint of dentists and those suffering toothaches. When heathens in Alexandria revolted against the Christians in 249, Apollonia was beaten and her teeth were pulled because she would not recant her Christian beliefs.Your authorized Greenwich Workshop fine art dealer can make it possible for St. Apollonia to grace your home this holiday season and beyond.

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Saint With White Sleeves



Behold the latest discovery from James C. Christensen’s Saints and Angels collection, a series he attributes to his alter-ego, an obscure Flemish painter known as The Master of the Enoch Altarpiece. Previous Greenwich Workshop Fine Art Limited Editions from the Saints and Angels collection include Isabella and The Enoch Altarpiece. The subject of Saint with White Sleeves does not appear to be a specific saint, and the model for this striking portrait was likely one of the Master’s patrons. It was customary at the time for the wealthy to request that their portraits incorporate characteristics of saints or angels. In Saint with White Sleeves, the halo suggests a saint, yet the white sleeves hint at angel’s wings.

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San Francisco Monastery In Sorrento





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Sanctuary





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Scripture Study On The Ranch





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Scriptures





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Seed Of Faith





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Seek And Ye Shall Find



All three background paintings involve people asking and seeking for heavenly assistance in some way. The children in the front are learning from the images and examples around them. They are learning to which source they can seek to find what they need the most.

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Sharing The Faith





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Sometimes The Spirit Touches Us Through Our Weaknesses



Sometimes the Spirit Touches Us Through Our Weaknesses

by James C. Christensen

The Latin post nubila phoebus translates as “after clouds, sun” which is something like our saying “every cloud has a silver lining.” The iconic Christensen hunchback-as-Everyman is somber and a bit troubled. “The hump represents his troubles,” says Christensen, “and we all have them, but there is a little light at the place where the angel spirit’s finger touches the hump. I wanted to show how we grow from coping with adversity. Humbled by our weaknesses, we can be more open to things divine.”

The deceptively simple composition of this James C. Christensen Anniversary Edition contains many of the artist’s most defining elements and inspiration: the hunchback, the light of the spirit, the checkerboard floor representing the opposing aspects of life—light and dark, yin and yang— and a doorway to the unknown … combine to convey a story of hope, recovery and new growth.



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St. Brendan The Navigator



St. Brendan’s fame rests on the mythical adventure described in Brendan’s Voyage, a 10th century romance of Brendan and a company of monks sailing the Atlantic Ocean to the Promised Land. One of the stories of the voyage relates that Brendan, wishing to celebrate Easter Mass, landed on a small island in the middle of the ocean. After celebrating Mass, Brendan and his companions built a fire on which to cook a meal and thus awakened the sleeping whale they had mistakenly identified as a small island. Terrified, the voyagers rushed to their ship and fled. Since then, St. Brendan has been associated with whales and large fish.

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St. George Temple



St. George Temple

By Sandra B. Rast © 2007

We implore Thy blessings upon… Thy people who may assemble in this House from time to time, both in their incomings and outgoings and may Thy blessing and Thy spirit dwell herein and rest upon them for their comfort and edification, and abide richly in their hearts, that they may learn further of Thy ways and walk in Thy paths… Let the ministering angels from Thy presence attend us, and let Thy grace and power be upon us that we may walk in the paths of purity and holiness…

St. George Temple Dedicatory Prayer April 1877.

Storm Clouds: The storms of life are the trials and the tough times that come into all our lives.

Light: The Light shining through the dark clouds represent the Light of Christ. Even in the darkest of dark there is always Light somewhere. Sometimes the light of Christ is reflected by others, other times it comes from within our own divine spirits but it is always there.

Rain: In 1899 the St. George area was facing a horrible drought. In May of that year President Lorenzo Snow told them that they needed to pay a full tithe and they would be blessed. On August 2, after faithfully obeying his counsel, the saints in St. George were blessed by a much needed rain and their crops were saved. The rain in this painting reminds us of the blessings that are rained down on us as we obey and heed the prophets’ words.

Red Rocks: The striking red rocks in this painting remind us of the magnificence of God’s hands. We need to see and appreciate the splendor of His creations.

Temple: The temple stands as a refuge in the storms of life. We can go there to temporarily escape from winds of the world. It stands as a beacon off peace and hope. It is a place of learning and worship where we receive blessings and make eternal covenants.

Flag: The flag in this painting is to remind us of how blessed we are to live in this land of promise. It is here in America that through the Lord’s hand inspired men organized a government that paved the way for the restoration. The St. George temple is also significant for it was here that many of these founding fathers came to Wilford Woodruff and asked for their work to be done.

Family: As the most important organization in the church it is the family that travels together along the path of faith towards the blessings of eternity. The mother in the family is encouraging her young son along the path, leading & guiding.

Umbrella: The red umbrella represents the gospel that is given to us to help shield us from some of the storms of life. It cannot stop the storms from coming but it can help us weather the storms when they do come. The red color reminds us of love that is needed in our homes. It also reminds us to look forward to the Second Coming when Christ will come again.

Reflections: The reflections that we see in the puddles remind us that we need to reflect upon all of the blessings in our life. Just as the puddles reflect the light around them we too must reflect the Light of Christ.

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