If I Listen With My Heart, I Hear the Savior's Voice (Hardcover)(edit)
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Invite the Savior a little nearer to your heart through the tender words of Sally DeFord’s beloved song and the beautiful artwork of Greg Olsen and Liz Lemon Swindle. This inspiring book gently shows how Jesus Christ is always with us and works through the Holy Ghost and earthly ministers to bring us peace. The exquisite spirit of this work will bring you to this keepsake again and again.
- Size: 10x11
- Pages: 32
- Published: 09/2011
About the Authors
Sally DeFord was born a long time ago (1959) in Eugene, Oregon. She attended Brigham Young University, where she became and avid BYU fan and met her husband, Dennis. Sally and Dennis have lived in Colorado Springs, Colorado, since 1988. They have four children – Jennifer, Holly, Amy, and Danny (who is a senior in high school and the only one left at home) – and one adorable grandson. Sally is currently serving as Relief Society president in her ward. In the few minutes of spare time left between the kids, the calling, the composing, and the Cougars, Sally loves to tread anything she can get her hands on.
The art of Greg Olsen illuminates the soul and spirit of its subjects and uplifts the hearts and minds of its viewers. Olsen’s diverse interests are deftly demonstrated in oil paintings that range from the realistic and historical to the whimsical. His luminous, delicate portraits capture not only his subject’s likeness, but their spirit as well. Landscapes of scenes from America and the world over reflect the perfect beauty of the minds eye.
Born in 1958, Olsen was raised in a farming community in rural Idaho. His parents, artists themselves, recognized and encouraged his early love of drawing. Later, the devoted tutelage of a high school teacher cemented his affinity and enhanced his technical ability. After studying illustration at Utah State University, he was hired as an in-house illustrator in Salt Lake City, working on anything from murals and dioramas to simple paste-up. Two years later, he followed a friend’s advice and began painting full-time. Sales from his first show only just covered the cost of refreshments and invitations, but yielded the first of many commissions that were to come.
Greg’s philosophy on art is quite simple. “I appreciate the beauty of art and the way it makes me feel,” he says. “I believe that art has the potential to heal our souls, inspire our hearts and awaken our minds. I hope these images will bring this experience to all who view them.”
Liz Lemon Swindle began her painting career in first grade. Her first exhibitions were on the refrigerator, encouraged by her father. In the early 1980s she tutored under renowned wildlife artist, Nancy Glazier. In 1992, Liz began painting a subject matter she had long desired to approach: her faith. Her paintings are now held in corporate and private collections around the world and have been published in countless magazines and books. Liz and her husband Jon have five children and thirteen grandchildren.
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