“And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living.” (Mark 12:43-44)
We don’t know the age of the widow who cast in “all that she had.” I decided to put a younger woman with children in the painting rather than an older woman. This, I thought, better represented the sacrifice that the woman made. Even as others were depending on her, she put her trust in the arm of God rather than the arm of flesh. The man in the background, giving only of his surplus, is a reminder to us to be generous and kind to those in need of our support. —Simon Dewey
About the Author
Simon Dewey, the only son of a London bus driver, left school at the age of seventeen to pursue his artistic dreams. He studied at a London art college before launching his career. In 1999, he entered the world of published fine art and soon became one of the best selling artists of LDS religious works. His first book, Beloved Savior, was an immediate bestseller.