Episode 68: Contemplating Art with Greg Olsen

May 13, 2022 01:00:47
Episode 68: Contemplating Art with Greg Olsen
Latter-day Contemplation
Episode 68: Contemplating Art with Greg Olsen
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Show Notes

In this episode Christopher and Riley welcome artist Greg Olsen. Greg is particularly well-known in LDS circles as a painter of Jesus. Our hosts had the opportunity to mine his experiences becoming a professional painter of religious iconography and images that convey the relatable nature of the Savior. Of course, he is much more than his public works and this conversation takes them through his contemplative practices, the nature of symbols, and simplifying our faith by practicing loving-kindness.

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