The Spiritual Themes in the Art of James C. Christensen


Lehi Beheld the Fruit

The model for this painting grew up in California in a citrus grove. He was using an orange as a prop when Christensen captured this gesture and expression. The model's wife explained, "To this day, when he smells an orange, it brings to mind all the love and comfort and Christmases and wonderful times with the family of his childhood." Christensen wrote, "I think those memories reflect beautifully the feelings that Lehi expressed and would have wanted to share."

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