Early in His ministry, the Savior called His disciples to go forth and preach his word. These were largely fishermen with little money. They must have worried how they would provide for themselves and their families as they left to go and preach. Calming their fears Jesus said, "Provide neither gold, nor silver, nor brass in your purses... for the workman is worthy of his meat." - Matthew 10 9-10
The Savior, nearing the end of his life, could again sense the fear growing in his disciples. He reminded them, "When I sent you without purse, and scrip, and shoes, lacked ye any thing. And they said, Nothing." - Luke 22 35
We live in times of great uncertainty when the necessities of life seem harder to come by and where the burden of providing for our families seems heavier than in days past. This painting reassures me that although the road may be rough, when we walk with Him we need not worry for in Christ we lack nothing.
Liz Lemon Swindle Biography
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.