He Will Place You on His Shoulders and Carry You Home (42 by 38 inches, oil on canvas on panel)
In November 2015, I had the opportunity to teach a workshop to a special group of soldiers.
Many had never painted before. I demonstrated how to do a master copy of “Starry Night” by Vincent van Gogh. I had one soldier who was so excited to paint. In the foreground of the painting he changed it and painted a path leading to a home. These soldiers had experienced a lot of trauma in their lives and were living with the after effects of PTSD.
When I asked him about the path he commented that he was painting a path to get home.
When seeing the painting, his counselor began to cry, and said: “Everyone should have a way back home.”
This experience was deeply moving to me.
In General Conference April 2016, President Dieter F. Uchtdorf gave the following talk. He said:
“Just as the Good Shepherd finds His lost sheep, if you will only lift up your heart to the Savior of the world, He will find you.
“My dear brothers and sisters, my dear friends, I testify that God sees us as we truly are- and He sees us worthy of rescue. You may feel that your life is in ruins. You may have sinned. You may be afraid, angry grieving, or tortured by doubt. But just as the Good Shepherd finds His lost sheep, if you will only lift up your heart to the Savior of the world, He will find you.
“He will rescue you.
“He will lift your up and place you on His shoulders.
“He will carry you home.
“With each step of faith on the path of discipleship we grow into the beings of eternal glory and infinite joy we were designed to become”.
This painting is an homage to the all those who long for home.