My faith is very important to me. It gives me a sense of purpose. It gives me hope for eternity. One of the best things that we teach is the eternal nature of families. We believe that if we are married in temples, and live righteously, our marriages will last forever.
This is my painting of the Washington DC Temple. My father served a mission in this area in the early 1970s. He was a bodyguard at the dedication. My wife’s parents were sealed here.
Because of these reasons, and living within a few hours of the temple, my wife and I chose to be married here. I painted this picture as a wedding gift for her. It is based on a photo she took.
I used a bright underpainting (I painted the canvas red before I started) which gives a warm glow to the cool blues of the shadows. There is a strong line between the lights and the shadows giving the impression of strong sunlight. In real life, there is a parking lot where I painted grass, but since I am the artist, I didn’t feel like adding that.