Portraits of the Prophets
Throughout time, God has chosen prophets to guide and help mankind. In 1820, the heavens were opened again as Joseph Smith saw God the Father and His Son, Jesus Christ. To see Ken’s most recent painting of Joseph Smith
——————click here Joseph Smith portrait link
Since that time there has remained a living prophet upon the earth. President Thomas S. Monson is the Lord’s mouthpiece upon the earth today. Ken has painted several portraits of President Monson, an inspired compassionate leader who makes a call to rescue all in need.
More than any other prophet, Gordon B. Hinckley has been involved with building and dedicating more temples than any time in the world’s history. In 1998, President Hinckley announced the building of dozens of new temples bringing to pass 100 operating temples by the year 2000. When one attends the temple, they wear white clothing. Ken decided to do a portrait of President Gordon B. Hinckley in white temple clothes after this historic announcement.
The Lord’s priesthood power has also been restored. Twelve apostles have been called and set apart to do the Lord’s latter-day work. Ken was commissioned by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to paint the apostle Elder Russell M. Ballard in 2007. Elder Ballard is a dynamic leader committed to missionary efforts. This hangs in the Conference Center in the Gallery of the Prophets.
Brigham Young was the prophet who led the Latter-day Saints west to the Salt Lake Valley after the martyrdom of the Prophet Joseph Smith. The painting to the left portrays Brigham Young at a younger age just a few years after the saints came west. The portrait to the right shows him at an older age. This portrait is displayed within the Salt Lake Temple.