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: www.NathanSharpStudios.com. 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…
Please visit Nathan’s site (www.NathanSharpStudios.com) to view more of his work.