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"Why Do Ye Smite Your Brother"
by Rex Price

The story behind the painting:
Scripture (s): 1 Nephi 3:27-29
27 And it came to pass that we fled into the wilderness, and the servants of Laban did not overtake us, and we hid ourselves in the cavity of a rock.
28 And it came to pass that Laman was angry with me, and also with my father; and also was Lemuel, for he hearkened unto the words of Laman. Wherefore Laman and Lemuel did speak many hard words unto us, their younger brothers and they did smite us even with a rod.
29 And it came to pass that as they smote us with a rod, behold, an angel of the Lord came and stood before them, and he spake unto them, saying: Why do ye smite your younger brother with a rod? ...
 
Artist comments:
This painting was a particular challenge to me. It was the first major religious painting I ever attempted, I felt inspired to paint it, but I had no Idea what I was getting into. I bought the biggest canvas I could find at a local art store, three feet by four feet, by far the largest painting I had ever attempted. I didnt know much about composing a painting, looking back I didn’t know much of anything at all. My preliminary sketches looked like something that came out of a primary class at church. Since I had never attempted anything like this before I luckily didnt know how hard it would be, or I might still be waiting for my skill level to match the task. One thing I have learned is not to do that. Its like any calling, Gods grace is sufficient no matter how weak or unqualified we are. I don’t know how many faces and body parts are under the ones on the surface, but I knew that painting was given to me, and the Savior expected me to paint it, so I did, about a hundred times, and more hours than I am willing to admit to, but I learned that our sacrifice and effort is what the Lord wants, not perfection. Our best effort, and His grace is enough. 

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