Walter Rane

Looking at his work, one would expect a bold and slightly brash person. But Walter is a wonderful living contradiction. Dramatic and larger-than-life creations emerge from a soft spoken and admittedly shy creator.


He has been compared to such masters as Rembrandt and Caravaggio. Though he would shy away from such comparisons, the similarities are unmistakable.

"I never decided I would be an artist. Like most kids, I was just fascinated with art, but for me the fascination never left. There weren’t any artists in my family so becoming an artist was not a planned thing, my parents just saw my love and encouraged me to follow it. I remember someone gave me a paint-by-numbers set. I threw away the “numbers” and started using the paints. I was nine years old and have been painting ever since."

"Growing up I admired the old masters like Rembrandt and Caravaggio who painted spiritual subjects and I wanted to paint like them. On my mission the Mission President wanted to do a traveling exhibit of original works to appeal to the French people. I thought of it as a Visitors Center in the back of a VW Bus. I spent a couple of months in the mission home painting religious pieces and loved it."

"I definitely feel my life has been guided; I think every step has been part of this process. From becoming an illustrator to living in New York, from the woman I married to living in Paris. Everything has built and brought me to this point. I find it gratifying that I am able to speak to people all over the world through art."

"I hope that I spend the rest of my life painting scriptural paintings. I am not much of a long-range planner. When I look back I can see everything working as it should have, but I didn’t plan it that way."

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Bless Them In His Name

Parents look forward to the day that they can watch their little ones rest in the midst of worthy priesthood bearers to be blessed and given a name. This special day is reminiscent of words from the eighth psalm:

"O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! Who hast set thy glory above the heavens. . . . When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; what is man, that thou art mindful of him? And the son of man, that thou visitest him? For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour."

Original: oil, 24 x 30 inches, 2003.
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Christ Appears In The Kirtland Temple

On April 3, 1836, Joseph Smith and Oliver Cowdery were in the temple at Kirtland, Ohio. The occasion was that of a Sabbath day meeting. The Prophet prefaces his record of the manifestations with these words: "In the afternoon, I assisted the other Presidents in distributing the Lord's Supper to the Church, receiving it from the Twelve, whose privilege it was to officiate at the sacred desk this day. After having performed this service to my brethren, I retired to the pulpit, the veils being dropped, and bowed myself, with Oliver Cowdery, in solemn and silent prayer. After rising from prayer, the following vision was opened to both of us." Doctrine and Covenants 110, gives the account of the vision they received.

Original: oil, 82 x 58 inches, 2003.
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