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Liz Lemon Swindle - SON OF MAN:THE EARLY YEARS -  TRADEBOOK Published by the Greenwich Workshop

by Liz Lemon Swindle


Image Size: 8 1/4"w x 9 3/4"h.
Published: October 2001

"Jesus Christ Son of Man the Early Years" By Susan Easton Black

Artwork by Liz Lemon Swindle, Hardcover, jacketed $16.95, 56 pages,

8 paintings, 12 pencil sketches

ISBN: 0-86713-067-9

Artist Liz Lemon Swindle and Author Susan Easton Black give eloquent voice to the much-loved story of the birth and early years of Jesus Christ in this new, beautifully illustrated family gift book. Known for her meticulously re-searched artwork (Joseph Smith, "Impressions of a Prophet," 1998), Swindle’s paintings accompany the compelling narrative of BYU Professor Susan Easton Black ("In the Footsteps of Jesus: Images of the Holy Land, 1999").

In "Jesus Christ Son of Man: The Early Years," Susan Easton Black leads the reader through the early years of the life of Jesus Christ in an informal style, with Biblical references. Although little is documented about the early years of Jesus Christ, both the artist and the author bring to life their shared vision of the young Savior as a child who walked the earth, laughed, played, worked and lived as a part of his native community. Swindle and Black feel that they have been laying the groundwork for this book for most of their lives.

The artist hopes that the paintings will encourage viewers to explore a personal relationship with the Savior and that they will give the reader an intimate perspective of the young Jesus, in his mortal life, as a friend or a neighbor. The author chronicles what we know and what was prophesized about the birth and early years, as well as information about the Jewish life and communities in which Jesus was born. Susan Easton Black and Liz Lemon Swindle offer a fascinating portrayal of Jesus Christ as a courageous child of great faith and devotion and with a powerful presence.

Liz Lemon Swindle
Liz Lemon Swindle has a deep, abiding faith that she feels blessed to share through her art. A lifelong Utah resident, she studied fine arts at Utah State University. She worked for several years as a set designer and painter for the Osmond Studios television production company. As her family grew (she and her husband Jon Swindle today have five children), she saw the need for a more flexible career and decided to focus on oil painting. In the early 1980s she tutored under renowned wildlife artist Nancy Glazier and soon after established her own impressive reputation as a wildlife painter, participating in shows at major galleries in the central and western United States. However, Lemon Swindle became increasingly discontent, feeling artistically and spiritually unfulfilled. In October 1988 she reached a turning point when she submitted a portrait of children to the National Arts for the Parks competition and received the coveted Founders' Favorite award. She realized then that there was an audience for her portrait painting and by the early 1990s she had devoted herself to the topic closest to her heart: her faith. A one-woman show of her Christian art traveled to cities nationwide in the summer of 1997 and a book of her paintings, "She Shall Bring Forth a Son" was published in 1998.


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