Nathan Sharp, inspiration through art

by Rusty Lindquist on January 25, 2011 · 5 comments

Last week, when I was creating the post about what President Monson said he wanted for his Birthday (here), I stumbled upon an incredible LDS artist, Nathan Sharp, who has an astounding array of religious (and other) drawings.

I emailed Nathan to ask permission to use his remarkable portrait of President Monson in my post, and we began talking.  I found his words inspiring.  He wrote:

Beauty truly is in the eye of the beholder and ‘art’ is defined in so many different ways by so many different people that sometimes it is difficult to understand.  I am a simple man and I am inspired by the things that surround me.  I find joy and purpose in watching my children imagine and grow.  I find strength in their innocence and unyielding faith.  My heart swells and tears come to my eyes when I hear the Star Spangled Banner and my soul is moved in profound ways by the sacrifices that are made every day, all around us, in our wonderful country.  I’m not looking to make social comments but, rather, to capture the moments that make us who we are.  Each of us is the hero of our own story and that story will take us down a path that is unique from all others.  My artwork comes from my story but I hope that it crosses paths with the experiences of many others as they travel their own road.  If something is stirred in the hearts of others as they see it and if they continue on their way stronger, more inspired, or more grateful than they were before, then I would consider myself successful in my expression of the moment.

As you’ll see by glancing at some of the artwork below, I’m quite sure he succeeded.

You can find out more information about Nathan, as well as peruse and purchase his work on his website:  His prices are very reasonable (for instance, an 8×10 of President Monson is only $15).

Here are some of my personal favorites, others are below…

Cost of freedom

Miss You Daddy

Daddy come home

Dawns early light

Dawn's early light

Please visit Nathan’s site ( to view more of his work.

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1 Margaret September 9, 2008 at 11:36 AM

Last Friday I inquired about ordering 4 prints of Nathan’s sketch of President Monson for gifts, via email. He immediately emailed back with the details and got them in the mail that very day. They arrived yesterday (Monday) in perfect condition, and were more impressive than they were on the web site. The detail is amazing. below is a quote from his email to me.

“In order for me to sell Pres. Monson’s image, I had to get his personal permission first and I guess he was impressed because he not only gave me his permission to sell the pictures but he asked for 12 copies of his own. It was really neat.”

I will definitely order from him again!


2 home loan January 30, 2009 at 6:05 AM

Lovely. Great site.


3 Christine Isom March 10, 2014 at 11:23 AM

I would like a 5 by 7 copy of your portrait of President Monson. can you pleas tell me ho to get one?

Thank you



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