Introducing the Paintings of Famous LDS Artist Del Parson
We are thrilled to announce that just this week we now have many of Del Parson’s famous LDS paintings of Jesus Christ available for sale! Pretty much any member of the Church will likely know his paintings, as his work is comprised of some of the most well-known paintings in the LDS Church. They are known world-wide and have been used in countless publications for decades. His painting of Jesus, Christ in Red Robe, is recognizable from its wide use by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
How Del Got Started
Del’s father was a talented artist, so Del grew up surrounded by art. Then in college, he started taking art classes, and enjoyed them more and did better than in any other class. Then when he was in his late twenties, his patriarchal blessing confirmed to him that that’s what he was going to do with his life.
But for much of his career, only a very small percentage of his work was religious. He mostly did a variety of paintings for galleries – landscapes, westerns, or portraits.
But in 1978, a terrible tragedy changed his life. His wife and daughter were killed in a car accident. But despite such tragic event, Del knew that the Spirit of God was helping him through the tough times. So he began to paint religious subjects to give others the sense of hope that he found and to share with them his love of life. Since Del had always wanted to do paintings for the Church, once in a while he would create paintings for the Ensign magazine. Then he was commissioned to do paintings of Christ. And eventually most of his work turned religious.
Then about 15 years ago, a printing company approached him and asked if he’d do religious paintings to print. So he started doing it and his work has spread across the world.
Painting Jesus Christ
Del has said that when he is painting Christ, he’s not necessarily painting a person, but rather an idea. So what goes into painting Christ? Del says, “Of course you’re painting a person, but there also needs to be something else in your mind saying, ‘This is Jesus.’ Otherwise you’ll get the impression that ‘This doesn’t feel like Jesus.’ It could be something in his look; something in his expression; the way the light is. You just know if it feels and looks like Jesus.”
“You have an idea in your mind of what Jesus looks like, right? And if the picture you’re doing doesn’t look like Him – if it doesn’t look like what you feel He would look like, even if it’s a really cool picture, you say, ‘Something’s wrong here. I just don’t like it.’
“So as an artist, you work on it and sometimes you say, ‘Is the mouth too big? Is the nose too long, or is it too short?’ And then you work on that until it feels most like Jesus.”
Why Del Paints
Del has mentioned that the greatest accomplishment would be to paint a piece that people would look at and really, truly feel God’s love for them and other people. The painting that Del feels has come closest to accomplishing this is The Lost Lamb. Del says, “I really feel like God loves us when I look at that painting. And of course it’s just symbolic – I don’t know if Jesus ever held a lamb – but I think that shows it.”
The other painting that Del thinks succeeds in doing this is Christ and Children. Christ is smiling and it just feels like He really loves those children and He cares about them.
“When you feel inspired,” Del describes, “a painting takes on a life of its own. When that happens, the experience is pure joy. It is moments like these that an artist loves best.”
He is now living in Utah with his second wife and six children. As anyone who has seen his paintings of Christ can attest, they evoke a strong emotional response from their viewers, and we hope you feel the same.
The Lost Lamb by Del Parson
I Have Prayed for Thee by Del Parson
What Manner of Man by Del Parson
He Is Risen by Del Parson
The Gentle Christ by Del Parson
Facing Eternity by Del Parson
Christ and Children from Around the World by Del Parson
Abide With Me by Del Parson
All of these beautiful Del Parson paintings of Jesus Christ are available for purchase. You can find photo prints, canvas wraps, and framed photos in a large variety of sizes. If one of these above pictures caught your eye, just click on it!