Passage by Faith (Hardcover)

Exploring the Inspirational Art of James C. Christensen

by James C. Christensen

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Combining keen observation with an endless supply of imagination has become the hallmark of James C. Christensen, one of the world's most beloved artists. "I think art should invite us, attract us, and draw us in," writes Christensen of his titular painting Passage by Faith. "I'd love for the viewer to participate a bit in this painting and imagine himself in that boat, making a passage by faith."

Such personal thoughts and feelings are at the heart of this beautiful and timeless book of art, inspiration, and spiritual emotion.

For more than thirty years, Christensen has been translating the world around him into masterful and inventive art. This collection—the first ever for a Latter-day Saint audience—explores the spiritual elements of his work and unveils the visual metaphors, symbols, and "meaning behind the meanings" of some of his most popular fantasy pieces, such as Hold to the Rod and The Responsible Woman.

Also included are pieces with deeply personal meaning, such as Twilight and The Nest, and scriptural images such as Gethsemane, The Rich Young Ruler, and The Annunciation, as well as a few gems that have never been printed before. Beautifully designed with more than sixty images and comments from the artist, this is a book that art-lovers of all ages will treasure.

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Preview the book in this stunning photo gallery of some of James C. Christensen's work, and learn the meaning behind the paintings (Click Here)

Read more about the spiritual themes and symbols James C. Christensen uses in his artwork (Click Here)

Product Details

  • Size:  12 x 11
  • Pages:  144

About the Author

Inspired by the world’s myths, fables and tales of imagination, James C. Christensen wants his work to add up to more than a beautiful – if sometimes “curious” looking work of art. Having taught art professionally for over 20 years, he likes to think of the world as his classroom. His hope is that through whatever he creates-be it a porcelain, fine art print or book-he can convey a message, inspiration or a simple laugh. He believes that teaching people to use their imagination helps us find solutions to sooth the stresses of everyday life-or get a little lift to help us keep going. In short: all things are possible when you share Christensen’s philosophy that “Believing is Seeing.”


Christensen was born in 1942 and raised in Culver City, California. He studied painting at Brigham Young University and, for a while, the University of California at Los Angeles before finishing his formal education at BYU. Since then, he has had one-man shows in the West and the Northeast and his work is prized in collections throughout the U.S. and Europe.


Christensen has also won all the professional art honors the World Science Fiction and Fantasy Convention can bestow, as well as multiple Chesley Awards from the Association of Science Fiction and Fantasy Artists. Christensen has been designated as a “Utah Art Treasure,” one of Utah’s Top 100 Artists by the Springville Museum of Art and received the Governor’s Award for Art awarded by the Utah Arts Council recognizing the significance of Christensen’s artwork to Utah’s cultural communities. He was inducted into the U.S. Art magazine’s Hall of Fame and is an Honored Alumnus at Brigham Young University for his contributions to fine art and education. James and his wife Carole, co-chair the Mormon Arts Foundation. He is a frequent guest lecturer at Brigham Young University, and has also given workshops to large companies and organizations on the subject of creative thinking, including the California Art Educator’s Association, Hallmark and Intermountain Health Care.


In addition to his fine art limited editions on paper and canvas, Christensen’s work can be found in five acclaimed books and a series of interactive journals and in three dimensions in porcelain and hand-crafted limited-edition bronze sculptures.

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