by James C. Christensen
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"Living waters" is an ancient expression. Common in biblical times it referred to springs, fountains or running streams from which one sought nourishment, as opposed to the stagnant water found in ditches and pools. In this vertical and uniquely arched canvas James Christensen’s Living Waters speaks to the beauty of faith and the Holy Spirit, both of which refresh and invigorate the soul as water does the body.
“I spend time hiking the trails of Mount Timpanogos near my home in Utah, and throughout the mountain are beautiful little grottos just waiting to be discovered,” explains Christensen. “It is in places like this that the beauty of what has been created comes to life. I believe that the purpose of our time here on earth is to experience mortality, to aspire to holiness by learning to be better, kinder people. I’m not talking the witnessing of Technicolor miracles or a life of fasting and penance. What’s important is that we strive, with our bodies, minds and hearts, to understand and appreciate what we have been given.”
The shapes and sizes of James Christensen’s paintings often have as much to do with his storytelling as the pictures they contain. The tabernacle shape achieved by the arched top enhances the spiritual effect of the angelic figure because we associate this configuration of art with that found in great temples and cathedrals. Living Waters, in content, shape and form is truly a special piece of art from James Christensen and surely is as beautiful a statement of faith as one could hope to display.
James C. Christensen
Inspired by the world’s myths, fables and tales of imagination, James C. Christensen’s work adds up to more than a beautiful - if sometimes “curious” looking work of art. Having taught art professionally for over 20 years, he thought of the world as his classroom. His hope is that through whatever he creates -- be it a porcelain, fine art print or book -- he can convey a message, inspiration or a simple laugh. He believes that teaching people to use their imagination helps us find solutions to sooth the stresses of everyday life-or get a little lift to help us keep going. In short: all things are possible when you share Christensen’s philosophy that “Believing is Seeing.” Christensen was born in 1942 and raised in Culver City, California. He studied painting at Brigham Young University and, for a while, the University of California at Los Angeles before finishing his formal education at BYU. Since then, he has had one-man shows in the West and the Northeast and his work is prized in collections throughout the U.S. and Europe. Christensen has also won all the professional art honors the World Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention can bestow, as well as multiple Chesley Awards from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists. Christensen has been designated as a “Utah Art Treasure,” one of Utah’s Top 100 Artists by the Springville Museum of Art and received the Governor’s Award for Art awarded by the Utah Arts Council recognizing the significance of Christensen’s artwork to Utah’s cultural communities. He was inducted into the U.S. Art magazine’s Hall of Fame and is an Honored Alumnus at Brigham Young University for his contributions to fine art and education. James and his wife Carole were co- chairs on the Mormon Arts Foundation. He was a frequent guest lecturer at Brigham Young University, and has also given workshops to large companies and organizations on the subject of creative thinking, including the California Art Educator’s Association, Hallmark and Intermountain Health Care.