“Heavenly Mother Portrait Series” by Emilie Buck Lewis, Instagram: @emiliebucklewisstudios
This series of Heavenly Mother portraits commenced after October General Conference 2019, when the new Young Women Theme was announced. I was so excited that we finally moved from “daughters of a Heavenly Father” to “daughter of Heavenly Parents” that I wanted to paint something relating to Heavenly Mother. In 2015, I had been asked by a friend’s husband to create a painting of Heavenly Mother for her, and had completed that in 2016. While creating that I had the opportunity to think a lot about how I should depict Her, what She looked like, what Her qualities were. That painting ended up showing Heavenly Mother turned away from the viewer, mostly in an attempt to let the viewer decide for themselves what she looked like. This time around, I wanted to do a portrait, but I didn’t want to somehow claim that I knew what she looks like. Almost immediately I thought I should do several small paintings of different women, each from a different heritage. I feel strongly that each daughter and son of God has inherited spiritual and physical characteristics from both of our Heavenly Parents, and through this series I hope that the viewer can see some small part of themselves in Her. The series is open-ended, so more portraits can be added in the future.