Twenty-five years ago I attempted to portray the thoughts and feelings I experienced the first time I climbed the Mount of Olives and looked over the city of Jerusalem. What emerged from that attempt was this painting entitled, “O Jerusalem”. Like many visitors to that ancient city, I tried to imagine what it would have been like to be there at the time when Jesus looked out over the same horizon. I recalled his tender lament for the inhabitants of that city and likened it to myself, wondering how often He had tried to gather me under his wing.
Today, as I look upon this image, it is a fond reminder of my visit to that special place, but perhaps more importantly it has become a reminder of that special place within all of us that we can return to and simply “be still”. It is a place of contemplation and communion. It is a place where we are allowed to see the world and ourselves through the Savior’s eyes and from his perspective. It is to that inner place that I love to return where I feel as though I’m sitting on a rock beside the Savior with his protective wing enfolding me knowing that he is with us always!
About the Author
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.”
by Customer - reviewed on November 22, 2011
Loved this picture, however the frame is much darker than shown in the picture here and in the catalogue.
by Phillip - reviewed on December 22, 2011
This is one of my favorite paintings of The Savior and have been wanting it for sometime now. My wife surprised me with this edition for Christmas and I am amazed at how beautiful it is.
by Gabriel - reviewed on September 30, 2011
Peaceful and inspiring remembrance of our commitment to listen to the Savior's invitation to follow Him. This art work invites you to ponder on your current spiritual state upon the Lord's sight. Really nice frame. Actual picture size is 23" by 16".