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TitleThe Lord Opened the Heavens
Publication TypeArtwork
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsOlson, Nancy Andruk
KeywordsFirst Vision; Godhead; Heavenly Father; Jesus Christ; Smith, Joseph, Jr.

Submitted to the 2021 Book of Mormon Central Art Contest.

This painting was made in the way that a traditional icon painting would have been made starting in the 13th century.  All material used would have been available at the time such as natural pigments. All paint and other materials were handmade. 

Like a traditional icon painting this image is inteded to be a small window into heaven and is intended to be a meditative piece for the home.

The artist has been a lifetime painter. She started painting as a child with her mother, who is an art teacher, and never really stopped. Raised in Los Angeles, she spent her childhood regularly attending museums with her family.  Most notably the Norton Simon Museum, which has a significant impressionist and post-impressionist collection. These images remain firmly implanted in her mind and are where she continues to draw her aesthetic. She attended Art Center College of Design as a high school student and has a BFA in painting from BYU where she spent most of her time working with Bruce Hixson Smith. She also has a post-baccalaureate certificate from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

The Lord Opened the Heavens by Nancy Andruk Olson

Scripture Reference

Joseph Smith—History 1:17