-->See below for the art of President Boyd K. Packer
President Boyd K. Packer
Photo from LDS Church News
Current president of the Quorum of the Twelve, Boyd K. Packer, has enjoyed creating works of art since his childhood.
"His artistic impulses first drew him to the birds and wildlife that were native to the woods and wetlands outside his hometown of Brigham City, Utah," a Church News article reveals. "Young Boyd Packer sketched insects, farm animals, and waterfowl on discarded scraps of papers. He taught himself how to carve horses and big game from wood salvaged from packing boxes."
Eight decades later, and President Packer is still at it. Check out some of his breathtaking works below, and don't miss his beautful book The Earth Shall Teach Thee: The Lifework of an Amateur Artist.
Live in Utah? You can always go see the permanent display of President Packer's art in the Bean Museum at BYU.
Pair of Lazuli Buntings with Iris. Photo fromThe Earth Shall Teach Thee: The Lifework of an Amateur Artist.
President Packer's painting and sculpture depicting the two workhorses from his timeless general conference talk “The Bishop’s Team.” Photo from LDS Church News.
President Packer's family kept a small flock of peacocks in their yard for several years. "I could go outside and whistle, and they would come running for a handout," he says. "Once they developed a taste for our neighbor's raspberries, I had to keep them penned up.The Earth Shall Teach Thee: The Lifework of an Amateur Artist.
President Packer explains that meadowlarks sing "Brigham City is a pretty little town," but people often mistakenly interpret the song to be about their own hometown. Beyond the fields can be seen President Packer's hometown, with the steeple of the Box Elder Tabernacle just visible. The Earth Shall Teach Thee: The Lifework of an Amateur Artist.
President Boyd K. Packer's woodcarving “Male Blue Jay on Norway Maple Leaves.” Photo from The Earth Shall Teach Thee: The Lifework of an Amateur Artist.
Detail from President Boyd K. Packer’s 1991 woodcarving “Broad-Tailed Hummingbird with Indian Paintbrush.” Photo from LDS Church News.
See more of President Packer's art in this online gallery.