James Christensen

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The Art of James Christensen

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 b ... Read More

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Artist’s Island
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Consider the Lilies

Consider the Lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. ¯Luke 1:27
All things begin somewhere and Jesus’ directive to “consider the lilies” was a metaphor intended to illustrate that God will provide for those that trust in Him, but this guy has taken the phrase quite literally!

This character, thickly layered in clothing, is something of an archetypal doofus: blundering through life, if not the field of wildflowers itself, but genuinely trying to improve himself. His gaudy attire suggests that his priorities might be a bit skewed (a great deal of toil and spin), but his heart is in the right place and if Jesus said to consider the lilies, then he’s darn well going to do it.

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Queen Bea

“Queen Bea” began as a color-teaching character for my grandchildren. I was also inspired by my daughters, Cassandra and Emily, who were both painting bees at the time. Bees symbolize some wonderful things: hard work, community and family.

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15 x 19 in
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Ten Lepers

“And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God, And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan. And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger. And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.” Luke 17:15-19

As he did with “The Widow’s Mite,” James Christensen interprets one of the Bible’s more powerful stories and presents us with an image of elegance, grace and beauty. At the same time he engages us in one of the higher promises of art: provoking thought. In fact, the art of reflection is at the core of the painting’s message.

The “Ten Lepers” were a group of men cured of their disease through one of Christ’s miracles. Their tattered wrappings suggest what was, until this moment, their illness. Of the ten, nine are too preoccupied celebrating their new lease on life to think of anything else, much yet thank him. The tenth, at this moment, grasps truly what has occurred. He is the only one that returns to acknowledge the Master.

This image provides an inspiring reminder to take a moment from our fast-paced world and reflect on what we have to be thankful for. And, just as importantly, to take the time to show this gratitude.

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The Candleman

If you wander through the cobblestone streets at night, you can feel secure in the circle of light cast by “The Candleman.” The children, wide-eyed and wondering, will be safe although it’s late and they’re far from home. The trusty Candleman will escort them through the still silence of the snow covered streets by the light of his torch and his hat abrim with burning candles. In this limited edition, artist James C. Christensen imagines a marvelous character, like a friendly crossing guard you may remember from your school days, who keeps a loving and watchful eye on everyone in his care.

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Fishing for Mermaids

“Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure. They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful.” – David Lynch

Where do you fish for ideas? When you’re idea-fishing with artist James C. Christensen, you’re baiting your hook for something magical. And what’s more magical than a mermaid? Now, there’s an idea!

“Ideas aren’t conjured up on demand,” says the artist. “The quest for the next fun idea requires patience. But that patience is truly rewarded when—Eureka!—the excitement of the fresh idea arrives.”

In “Fishing for Mermaids,” Christensen muses on the creative process of finding ideas. Our fisherman is William Shakespeare, and he’s fishing for a muse in the form of a mermaid. He’s come prepared, and knows that using a hand mirror as a lure will appeal to the vanity of a mermaid, bringing his catch to the surface so he can get a closer look. For the moment, he sits patiently, knowing his catch will be well worth the wait.

Much like Shakespeare’s mirror, James C. Christensen’s “Fishing for Mermaids” is your invitation to a world of imagination and the infinite possibilities of ideas…

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Interrupted Voyage

“The title of this painting comes not from the predicament of the travelers, but from the creation of the piece itself,” says artist James C. Christensen. “Every once in a while, I work on a painting that baffles me so much that I set it up on a shelf. This one got shelved three or four times until I got excited about it again and finished it―twelve years later.”

The boat-as-metaphor for life’s passage is a familiar Christensen motif, as is the fish as faith and spiritual guidance. Christensen collectors will notice additional familiar travelers in this land-locked community of birds, passengers and apparent royalty, all guarded by a petite knight in armor on a pig.

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Fantasies of the Sea

One part oxygen, two parts hydrogen, and three parts magic. The anatomically correct fish, lobsters and jellyfish make this portrait of a regal queen of the water world and her entourage seem… well… possible! She is adorned with elegant ornaments of the sea and fittingly, rides a lion-fish, a fierce defender of this marine jungle. Below her rides the court exchequer. Mounted on a puffer fish, he wears the smug expression of high authority, despite the fact that some sand dollars have slipped from his belt and stream behind him. A hunchbacked court jester astride a clownfish gives us a knowing look. The procession is led by a well-armored knight bravely carrying his spiny-conch shield and riding his “steed”—a spiny lobster—ready to do battle with any adversary.

Available in two sizes, this canvas will be a show stopper and conversation starter in any room of your home.

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24 x 36 in
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19 x 29 in
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The Holy Grail Travels to Britain

The legend of the Holy Grail is one of the most enduring stories in literature and art. The Grail is said to be the cup that was used at the Last Supper and then, at the Crucifixion, it is said to have received blood flowing from Christ’s side. It was later brought to Britain by Joseph of Arimathea, where it lay hidden for centuries.

Alternatively, some believe the Holy Grail is the vessel of thesang real or blood royal, a bloodline flowing down through the centuries originating with a Jesus who survived the cross to father children with Mary Magdalene.

Christensen’s The Holy Grail Travels to Britain employs some visual sleight-of-hand. In this Fine Art Edition, the Arthurian chalice in the tree is not the Grail referred to in the title, but rather the Grail is the boat’s passengers. In one version of the Grail story, Joseph of Arimathea, one of Jesus’ uncles, traveled to Britain with three Marys, and the true Grail, the bloodline of Jesus and Mary Magdalene.

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9 x 18 in
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Old Man With A Lot on His Mind

For everyone who ever wondered “WHAT is that guy thinking?” James C. Christensen allows us to peer into this old fellow’s head. In another typically “Christensen” gift to his audience, the answer only leads to more questions! Who is that woman? What’s with the leopard? Which battle did those soldiers march in from, and what about the birds, fish and frog? Even if we asked the old man to explain, would he?“The painting was inspired by hearing life stories told by older people in my church,” says James. “I realized that they were each a whole universe of tales and adventures, amazing stories that don’t show from the outside.”

This old-timer may seem absent-minded, but after a lifetime of experiences, he really just has a lot on his mind!

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Portrait of Isabella Grimaldi as an Angel

Once upon a time, the boundless imagination of master storyteller James C. Christensen created a series of paintings under the guise of an obscure (and fictitious) 15th century Flemish painter only know as the “Master of the Enoch Altarpiece.” This enigmatic collection became known as Saints and Angels for its similarities to the devotional art of that era, as well as its portrayals of largely forgotten Christian saints.”Portrait of Isabella Grimaldi” as an Angel encapsulates the beauty an artist can create when inspiration strikes. Painting as the “Master,” Christensen imagined himself commissioned to create the work by a patroness from an influential family of Venice. It was customary at the time for the wealthy to request their portraits take on the literal characteristics of angels but may also reflect the Master’s appreciation of Isabella as his muse.

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Epiphany

“How do you portray that feeling when the Spirit descends on you and fills you with light? We know what it means, but it’s hard to describe. Words are often not adequate to explain the feeling. We might say it’s like being filled with heat and light and love, but it’s none and all of those things. It is very personal, which makes it hard to talk about.

“I’ve always felt that defining a spiritual experience is very much like trying to define love. Writers and poets have tried to express ‘love’ in words for hundreds of years. Some things we read give us a feeling or a cue about what love is like, but nothing ever really gets it right. Love is beyond words. It is nonverbal and the attempt to explain it in language trivializes the moment to some extent.

“Every once in a while the Lord will give you an ‘aha’ moment when he deems that you need one. For me, he chose trash night. I was carrying the trash can down the driveway and all of a sudden I just lit up. I was consumed with light and warmth. I can remember it today as clearly as the moment it happened. I thought I was on fire. My soul was filled. I just stood there for seconds, holding the trash can, feeling out of space and time. It then just gradually dissipated.
“No words were spoken out loud, but when I set the trash can down, I thought, ‘I’m going to be called to serve the Church.’ Even though I was anxious and felt overwhelmed and under qualified, I knew that the Lord wanted me there and I knew that with his help, I could fulfill the calling.

“I painted the fire in this image with gold leaf, so when from across the room, the gold catches the light and reminds me of a twenty-nine-year-old junior high school teacher taking out the trash.”

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How Many Angels Can Dance on the Head of a Pin

The question is sometimes attributed to medieval philosophers but nowadays it’s used as a metaphor for debating irrelevant minutia while more pressing concerns bang at our door. Of course, in the hands of James C. Christensen, “magic” is in the metaphor and with this never-before-published gem he turns the idiom on its head. The result is both whimsical and inspirational. This solo angel is barely holding it all together as he sticks that landing like a figure skater at Olympic try-outs.

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The Man Who Minds The Moon

“I came up with the idea for this painting while working on the book, Lehi’s Dream. The everyman is enjoying the white fruit of the Tree of Life, but the tree is coming from his hump—from his trials and adversity. He’s walking on the straight and narrow path, which happens to be on top of a wall in this painting, but it’s through the adversity he has endured that he is at last able to enjoy the fruit.

“This painting is a continuation as well as a return to the themes addressed “Sometimes the Spirit Touches Us through Our Weaknesses” and “After Clouds, Sun.” I think because I was immersed in the story and symbols of Lehi’s dream, this image popped into my head as another way to express the idea that our trials are given to us to help us grow and become more perfect.”

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The Fruits of Adversity

“I came up with the idea for this painting while working on the book, Lehi’s Dream. The everyman is enjoying the white fruit of the Tree of Life, but the tree is coming from his hump—from his trials and adversity. He’s walking on the straight and narrow path, which happens to be on top of a wall in this painting, but it’s through the adversity he has endured that he is at last able to enjoy the fruit.

“This painting is a continuation as well as a return to the themes addressed “Sometimes the Spirit Touches Us through Our Weaknesses” and “After Clouds, Sun.” I think because I was immersed in the story and symbols of Lehi’s dream, this image popped into my head as another way to express the idea that our trials are given to us to help us grow and become more perfect.”

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9 x 14 in
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Low Tech

Before there was High Tech, there had to be Low Tech. There isn’t an engineer, programmer or IT specialist today that can’t identify with or see in themselves the indomitable spirit of the space age barnstormer that built the space program, designed the desktop and envisioned the cloud. Nor could they escape the feeling of having to do it all with duct tape and spare parts found in the basement.

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36 x 24 in
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La Duquesa

“People often ask me why I paint such beautiful, flawless women and poofy, flawed men. My response is, ‘Do you really want to see flawed, poofy women instead?’ Of all the reasons that people enjoy art, perhaps the most obvious and enduring is that it is beautiful. The human soul craves beauty.

“As an artist, I want people to stop and look. If it is a particularly attractive face, realistic jewel or large hat that stops them in their tracks, that’s fine with me. I use complicated patterns and bright colors primarily because I like them, but they also serve to attract and maintain the viewers’ attention. With many of the women I paint, there is less of a need to define a storyline. I can focus more on how the light from above illuminates the folds in a gown.

“The truth is that is it easier for me to relate to the poofy guys, to use them as avatars to reflect my own faults and those I observe in my fellow human beings. I have found that, with very few exceptions, men and women alike relate to the foibles of the poofy guys and enjoy the grace and loveliness of the beautiful women.”

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32 x 26 in
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Fish in a Toucan Mask

Inevitably, there will be a time when we are called upon to jump on stage and entertain. Some can conjure up William Shakespeare, some a great soft-shoe and still others, an impressive John Wayne. The rest of us, with more average skills, may feel we have to puff-up our simpler, one-trick magic acts by, say, dressing up our pet fish. We may add some extravagant attire and perform with authority and professionalism to help us find our own audience. But if we really thought about it, if we were to remove that mask, we realize a fish that floats in the air out of water is quite an extraordinary.

“Fish in a Toucan Mask” is one of a series of three paintings Christensen created around entertainers aggrandizing their one-trick acts. Closely related are “The Great Garabaldi” and “Levi Levitates a Stone Fish.” In each, the magician becomes more flamboyant, more comfortable with his on-stage presence, the show overwhelming the act of magic itself. Yet, with each, there is still magic in the air.

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25 x 20 in
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Waiting for the Tide

We will all, at one time or another, find ourselves Waiting for the Tide. When every preparation has been made and every detail attended to, we can stand on the shore and demand that the tide rise, NOW! – all we want. Or, we can recognize that the ocean will come of its own accord – as it always does – and sit back, relax and smell the seaweed.

“This little admiral is enjoying his quiet time” explains James Christensen. “He could push the rowboat out to the water, but he’s in no hurry. He’s not lazy; just patient and he knows that eventually the tide will rise. It’s a nice day. He’s got a “cuppatea” with a little shot of fortitude and he’s enjoying the time. He’s not going to let the fact that the tide’s not in ruin his day. He went out to go boating, so he’s boating. He doesn’t need water to enjoy a day at the beach. It’s the idea of “making the best of the circumstances.”

The design and shape of this piece of art is as special and unique as its message, making this 37” x 9” Fine Art Giclee Canvas the ideal Anniversary Edition for any James Christensen Fan. Have you looked into Try It! Home Viewing? This may be just the piece to give it a go on.

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Living Waters

“Living waters” is an ancient expression. Common in biblical times it referred to springs, fountains or running streams from which one sought nourishment, as opposed to the stagnant water found in ditches and pools. In this vertical and uniquely arched canvas James Christensen’s Living Waters speaks to the beauty of faith and the Holy Spirit, both of which refresh and invigorate the soul as water does the body.

“I spend time hiking the trails of Mount Timpanogos near my home in Utah, and throughout the mountain are beautiful little grottos just waiting to be discovered,” explains Christensen. “It is in places like this that the beauty of what has been created comes to life. I believe that the purpose of our time here on earth is to experience mortality, to aspire to holiness by learning to be better, kinder people. I’m not talking the witnessing of Technicolor miracles or a life of fasting and penance. What’s important is that we strive, with our bodies, minds and hearts, to understand and appreciate what we have been given.”

The shapes and sizes of James Christensen’s paintings often have as much to do with his storytelling as the pictures they contain. The tabernacle shape achieved by the arched top enhances the spiritual effect of the angelic figure because we associate this configuration of art with that found in great temples and cathedrals. Living Waters, in content, shape and form is truly a special piece of art from James Christensen and surely is as beautiful a statement of faith as one could hope to display.

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Angel

James Christensen’s life-long fascination with angels has presented us with some of the most beautiful paintings he has ever created including “Sleeper Lost in Dreams” and “Faith, Hope and Charity.” In this image, the angel’s candle is a symbol of the guiding lights of virtue and faith. Angel will be released as an edition of only 50, so Christensen fans will have to act quickly to possess this angelic vision before it disappears!

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32 x 24 in
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Angel with Two Faeries

“I have always preferred to paint angels as beautiful winged women. I strongly feel that the feminine side of human nature communicates angelic qualities- peace, encouragement, support and unconditional love-in many ways, that which we get from our mothers,” explains James Christensen. “And then there are faeries. These social yet mischievous creatures commonly make fleeting and momentary promises. Some have the attention span of a newt, and I have it on good authority, and neatness may not be their forte either. Given all that, it’s not so hard to imagine a social structure upon which relationships between them could be based.”

Every now and then Christensen breaks out of his tight and detailed style and shows that he also knows his way around the sensuous qualities of paint. “Angel with Two Faeries” is part of the same series James created that included “Angel” (his most recent sold out fine art edition release). “Faith, Hope and Charity” and “Three Clowns” were also painted around the same time.

While “Angel with Two Faeries” may be a wonderful companion piece to “Angel,” this colorful and decorative Fine Art Giclee Canvas will hang resplendently by itself. Hurry and order yours before this piece of magic disappears.

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Christmas Bells

Christmas is a season of magic. Open your heart to it and the world becomes a place more beautiful and full of hope. Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s inspiration for “Christmas Bells” is such a story.

After years of despair brought on by the loss of his wife and the wounding of his son in the Civil War, Longfellow felt he would never feel the joy of the holiday season again. Yet, on Christmas Day 1864, the sound of church bells ringing in lofty spires stirred something warm in his soul. He sat down and wrote the ode of promise and hope upon which the Christmas carol “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” is based.

Perhaps, as Christensen’s “Christmas Bells” alludes, there was a touch of divine intervention that wintery day. When those bells “pealed more loud and deep” than they had before, piercing Longfellow’s despair, an inspirational message to all mankind was delivered.

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Getting it Right

This is the interior of the College of Magical Knowledge, warmed up by carpets. These are not dwarves with names. These are simply Fellowes of the College and we have been allowed to go backstage and see them get ready for the day.

Part of the humor of the piece is that all the multiple layers are part of the same garment. The outfits are prefabricated to some extent, like theatrical costumes. Although they’re pretending that it’s all “oh, ho-hum, time to get dressed,” they’re pretty caught up in what they’re doing – despite the look of disorganization. This is actually serious business.

By the way, these mice are not nasty rodents that eat holes in their outfits. They are friends, fellow dwellers and part of the entire environment.

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Still Small Voices

Grace occurs daily in the course of ordinary human life. The voice of one’s own conscience can be that of God or some other heavenly agents, offering each of us the guidance needed for understanding and for action in this complicated world. The eyes of the figure in this exquisite work of fine art are covered to remind us that with such acts of grace, it is not important that we see in order to hear but more so that we feel.

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32 x 24 in
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Pear Balancer
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The Oath

For Every Doctor Who Believes Laughter is the Best Medicine

For more than 2,400 years physicians have honored Hippocrates. Sacred vow to treat a patient with empirical, scientific wisdom and ethical consideration. However, as Christensen wittily reveals, medicine has taken directions that Hippocrates could never have imagined? The omnipresent beeper and mountains of paperwork, for example. At the same time some archaic treatments would surely elicit a chuckle? or shudder? from modern physicians and their patients. There’s one diagnostic tool that hasn’t changed, however: the crystal ball!

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The Scholar
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The Responsible Woman

“The Responsible Woman” was a masterwork in its original limited edition fine art print form and now the work of art in porcelain is a masterwork in itself, displaying the same amazing array of details. This remarkable gift to any responsible woman in your own life is the most ambitious porcelain in the entire Greenwich Workshop Collection thus far. It has also just been nominated for the prestigious Collector Editions Award of Excellence in recognition of excellence in the conception, design and creation.

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Fiona – Turtle Faerie
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Celeste – The Faerie Muse of Astronomy
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Adeline – Music Faerie
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Melody – The Faerie Muse of Music
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Cecily – Snail Faerie
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Queen Mab

The playwright Shakespeare and the poet Shelley fell under her spell. Countless lovers dream of her, waking to a happy bewitchment. Yet of all mortal men only one — artist James C. Christensen — has ever been granted an audience with the legendary Faerie Queen Mab. She commissioned him to paint her in the secluded glen where she holds court (“Queen Mab in the Ruins,” right). And now, she has issued another royal command: to sculpt her and three of her attendants in all their enchanting glory. A limited quantity are available with matching numbers.

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Poesy – The Faerie Muse of Poetry
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Caspar the Third Wise Man

Magi, kings and wise men have always fascinated Christensen along with all things magical, decorated and symbolic. The New Testament gives no description of the Wise Men; these stories evolved from Christian tradition and, like art, have become endowed with meaning. Melchior, Caspar and Balthasar have come to represent the three ages of man and each believes they bear the perfect gift.

Young Caspar bears gold representing youth’s preoccupation with worldly possessions.

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Melchoir the First Wise Man

Magi, kings and wise men have always fascinated Christensen along with all things magical, decorated and symbolic. The New Testament gives no description of the Wise Men; these stories evolved from Christian tradition and, like art, have become endowed with meaning. Melchior, Caspar and Balthasar have come to represent the three ages of man and each believes they bear the perfect gift.

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Balthasar the Second Wise Man

Magi, kings and wise men have always fascinated Christensen along with all things magical, decorated and symbolic. The New Testament gives no description of the Wise Men; these stories evolved from Christian tradition and, like art, have become endowed with meaning. Melchior, Caspar and Balthasar have come to represent the three ages of man and each believes they bear the perfect gift.

Middle-aged Balthasar bears frankincense, a resin used in making incense associated with prayer and spiritual connections. Limited to the year of the heart datemark.

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Gabriel Creche Angel

“What is a nativity scene without angels?” asks Jim Christensen. “The angels who appear in the Bible are always male, but many angels found in the world of art seem to be female. I see both their roles in the nativity as messengers. Gabriel was the biblical messenger who came to Mary with the annunciation of her role in the birth of the Christ child, so it is likely that he would have shown up at the birth. Evangeline’s name translates to ‘good tidings,’ a central theme to Christmas.”

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Ancient Angel

Christensen presents us with a rather unconventional yet endearing angel — he’s taking a peaceful flight home after a day of miracles. James says; “He’s had a busy but productive day and is content as he makes his unusual way back to his home sweet heavenly home.”

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The Gift of Peace
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Evangeline

“What is a nativity scene without angels?” asks Jim Christensen. “The angels who appear in the Bible are always male, but many angels found in the world of art seem to be female. I see both their roles in the nativity as messengers. Gabriel was the biblical messenger who came to Mary with the annunciation of her role in the birth of the Christ child, so it is likely that he would have shown up at the birth. Evangeline’s name translates to ‘good tidings,’ a central theme to Christmas.”

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Waiting for the Tide

Christensen proffers this advice: “You can stand on the shore and demand that the tide come in all you want. Instead, maybe you should sit back, relax, smell the seaweed and enjoy life as it is. This fellow went out boating and he’s not going to let the fact that the tide is not in ruin his day. It’s nice out, he’s enjoying a ‘cuppatea’ with shots of fortitude and he’s enjoying his time.”

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The Fish Wizard

Christensen explains “Although I like to think of the world as my classroom I cannot possibly teach enough people as I’d like on my own. So like everyone else, sometimes I ask for a little help from my ‘friends.’ “Allow “The Fish Wizard” — identified by his fish, my favorite symbol for unexpected everyday magic — to introduce himself. Carrying the weight of his responsibilities in the hump of his back, he travels around to preach the good word and keep out a mindful eye for fresh recruits who share in my favorite notion that ‘Believing is Seeing.’ (Are you one of them?) He carries a staff with the Latin benediction ‘blessed is the little fish.’”

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One Light

“Let your own light shine,” explains James Christensen, “because together, we will light up the world. Even this guy, with his hump and imperfections, he isn’t afraid to let his light shine. Sometimes it seems my quietest paintings say the most important things. This is one of them and I like it quite a lot, in fact, I’ve never sold it.

“This is a study of balances and opposites, light against dark; life against death. The checkerboard has always been a symbol for the playing field of life, and in this case, I have it fading into infinity rather than ending in a sharp line at the horizon. The hunchback, our everyman, shows signs of vulnerability. The flower of life is embroidered on his sleeve, but the skull, a memento moiré, is in his cap. One thing is for sure, he will only have a limited time as a player in this game. Yet, even this frail mortality will not prevent him from letting his light shine. And he sits in a sky full of stars, which might be others like just like him, holding up their lights in the dark. We’re candles in the darkness for each other, so it’s important to let your light shine, no matter how small it is.

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A Lawyer More than Adequately Attired in Fine Print

In a world of black and white, this attorney feels more at ease in the gray areas. He contemplates the implications of a grain of truth – which is more than enough for a lawyer to build an entire case out of. His jacket displays an adequate supply of loopholes. His tastes run toward fine print albeit . . . he has his assistant check the print for him. A stuffed (and rather moldy) owl sits straped securely to his shoulder to give him an appearance of wisdom. His watch records the billing hours not in minutes but in dollars and . . . he’s billing you even as you read this!

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Guardian in the Woods

That touch of enchantment is what makes a great painting a James Christensen. “As a fantasy artist,” he says, “I am fortunate to have such a broad range of icons to play with: Puffy Guys, mechanical things, beautiful women and floating fish. I can find a beautiful place in nature and paint it like a landscape painter but I get to keep going, to magic it up a bit.
“The Guardian in the Woods is a Mother Nature-type guy (I think the two may have been an item at one time). He is the strong, silent type, which is why you may not have heard of him. He watches over the woods and all that lives there. Like Gandolf, we aren’t really sure if he’s mortal or not. He’s looks like a hermit and smells like one, too.

“The inclusion of the Guardian in this scene sends it into the realm of make believe. On a hike I found a white tree that had fallen down. Flowers that looked like bleached crepe paper were growing in the bushes around the trunk. ‘What a great painting this would make,’ I thought. I just had to figure out what to add and wait long enough for the right character to appear. Now he’s visible, but for just a moment, because with a quick tip of his hat he disappears again like Santa Claus.”

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Man Taking a Leek on a Tiled Wall for a Walk

There are times I paint a painting for no reason other than the delight of a silly or absurd word. Sometimes, it works in reverse. While we were living in Madrid, I began working on an image of a man taking his pet shallot for a walk. I asked my wife, Carole, if she would buy a shallot so I could finish the painting.
“Can’t you use a green onion?” she asked.

“No,” I said, “that’s a silly pet. Nobody would have a green onion for a pet.”

Carole looked for weeks. I think she even had regiments of her friends scouring surrounding counties for shallots. There were no shallots anywhere in Madrid. I think they even checked parts of Barcelona.

Finally one day, Carole came home triumphant and excited. “I’ve found what you wanted,” she said and handed me a paper sack from the new grocery store.

It was just a bunch of leeks.

“No, that is not right,” I said, returning the sack. “These are leeks, not shallots.”

Carole looked me square in the eye, handed the leeks back and said, “James, finish the painting.”

So, that’s how Man Taking a Leek on a Tiled Wall for a Walk. The play on words came after the fact.

So, yes, the image is great fun. The question is where would you hang it? In the kitchen? The bathroom? The man-cave? Really, it goes anywhere a little laughter is in order. Each canvas comes with the title silk-screened on a brass name plate to be sure that the title of this gem is part of the presentation. If you can’t decide whether you want to hang yours in the kitchen and the loo, let us recommend one for each.

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A Lawyer More than Adequately Attired in Fine Print

James C. Christensen’s sold-out paper lithograph print of this image graces the walls of scores of attorneys (who, fortunately, all have a great sense of humor.) Now the popular send-up of lawyers is available in a Fine Art Canvas Anniversary Edition. In a world of black and white, this attorney feels more at ease in the gray areas. He contemplates the implications of a grain of truth, which is more than enough for a lawyer to build an entire case. An adequate supply of loopholes is sewn onto his coat. His fashion taste runs toward fine print (albeit he has his assistant check it for him). A stuffed and rather moldy owl sits strapped securely to his shoulder to give him the appearance of wisdom. His watch records the billing hours not in minutes but in dollars and he’s billing you even as you read this! Can you find the “Quart of A. Peels”? This Fine Art Canvas edition comes with a “Notice of Discovery and Inspection” document to further elucidate this upstanding specimen of the legal profession.

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Pilgrim Angel

This ragged little angel is following his fish on a lengthy journey. His belief is so firm and resolute that it leads him past the beautiful castle, a shining palace where a lesser pilgrim might have called it quits. The angel knows his truth, his end, lies beyond the attractive and polished architecture of the castle and he will not rest until he finds it.

The exquisite castle in the background was taken from a page in the Très Riches Heures du Duc de Berry, a richly decorated book of hours from the fifteenth century. The book contained all the hourly prayers, as well as some of the most important and beautiful paintings and illuminations of that century.

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The Christmas Pig

It’s a little known fact that Santa Claus went through an extensive flight-testing program when it came to figuring out how to deliver Christmas presents to all the good little girls and boys around the world. The vetting process was exhaustive and no possible solution was left unexplored. Although reindeer, with their heavy fur coats and broad flat hooves for walking on snow proved to be better adapted to cold climates, the highly nimble and intelligent pig made it quite far in the selection process!

“The Christmas Pig” feels as much like a traditional piece of yuletide folk art as it does a James C. Christensen painting. And at 11″ x 11″ this Fine Art Canvas is the ideal holiday accent for the kitchen, hall, guestroom or the wall beside the tree. And it’s the perfect gift for non-believers who will acknowledge Santa’s existence “when pigs fly.”

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Princess in the Tower

“Many of my paintings are inspired by stories from literature, mythology and history, but many others are their own stories,” says James C. Christensen, “stories that have yet to be told. The elements of this scene are familiar—the crumbling tower, the thorns and brambles surrounding it and the princess trapped within—but it’s up to the viewer to create the plot. I like to encourage imagination wherever I can and I find it very satisfying to create these points of departure. Two of the nicest things a fan can tell me are ‘I made up a story about this painting’ or ‘. . . this makes me smile.’” Here at The Greenwich Workshop, we’re wondering if she climbed the tower with the hat on, or did it get handed to her in a fly-by after she arrived? Hang this new Christensen Fine Art Edition in your house and begin a never-ending story with your friends and family.

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Passage by Faith

“I have used a voyage on a river as a metaphor for the journey of life in many of my paintings,” says James C. Christensen on “Passage by Faith.” “Sometimes we travel alone, sometimes with friends and family and often with a mixed group of strangers, human and not so. But the journey is inevitable, and our task is to make the best of the ever-changing voyage. We don’t always control the river, but we often have choices that determine what will happen next on our odyssey.

“The man in the boat is one I call the Everyman. His hump identifies him as an imperfect being, a symbol of human imperfections. Some are physical, others are of personality or character, but none of us is perfect. The world is crumbling a bit around our Everyman in his boat but he doesn’t stop moving forward or become distracted by things that might pull him off course. The fish—the symbol of wisdom and magic—follows behind him whispering encouragement and the candle in front of him represents his faith that lights his way. Will he avoid rough waters and the certain challenges of life’s journey? I think he is prepared to make good choices and has the faith to know he will be guided through the difficulties to come. For the moment, he rows.”

Some of Christensen’s most popular works are the ones inspired by his beliefs and “Passage by Faith” is the title for and the cover art of a new book published by Deseret Book. This collection explores the spiritual and scriptural connections found in Christensen’s work. The Greenwich Workshop has created both canvas and paper Fine Art Editions “Passage by Faith,” either the perfect choice to bring some inspiration for the soul to any room in the need for a little visual and spiritual lift.

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Grace

“Angels are wonderful beings of power and light who defy the laws of nature, death and gravity,” says James Christensen. “I prefer to often paint angels as beautiful winged women. The feminine side of human nature communicates angelic qualities – peace, encouragement, support and unconditional love. The inclination or tendency to help or do good for others we get from our mothers.

“Christmas, beneath all its wrapping, is a yearly reminder that through learning to be better people we attain a manner of godliness. It’s important that as people we do our best with the gifts we are given: with our bodies, our minds and our hearts. Grace’s heavenly message is that kindness and goodwill are gifts of the spirit that keep us on the proper path. This is a thank you painting for the angels in my life and for the feeling that I am not alone. We all have angels watching over us and maybe a couple of fish for good measure. A little magic can’t hurt.”

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The Chess Match

There are 1,327 named openings and variations to a match in The Oxford Companion to Chess, but how can a player remember any of them when the day’s spectators include a pair of dragons? “Actually, I don’t think anyone is worried about them at all,” laughs the artist James C Christensen. “They enjoy a well played game. It’s the little guys with the lances that get ornery when they are captured.”
Welcome to “The Chess Match” as imagined by James, the professor of the imagination. “These characters are quite passionate about the game. You’ll notice that they’ve incorporated the checkerboard pattern into their clothing and even onto the castle walls. But, they’ve only learned the game as distant observers, somewhat like you or me getting fascinated over a rugby match on the Aussie Channel. We could get all excited, run into the backyard and form up a scrum but we wouldn’t know the nuances of the game. Still, we’d have all sorts of fun and maybe even lose some teeth in the process.

“The two players remind me of Oberon, in red, and Titania, in blue, from Shakespeare’s “Midsummer Night’s Dream,” each with their own castles and followers. Instead of playing with the traditional black and white pieces I was going to tip a hat to Alice in Wonderland by using red and white. From a design point of view, it was a little boring,” reveals Christensen, “so I went with blue instead of white. I didn’t think much about it until a friend stopped by and pointed out that I happened to choose the colors of Utah’s own Holy War – the University of Utah (red) vs. BYU (blue).”

As for the field of play, it’s classic Christensen. There is little doubt that the two queens, one with her magical staff and the other with her broadsword, are the most powerful players on the board. The kings, being slightly less so, have compensated for their diminutive stature with rather tall thrones. At this point in the game, the blue king has opted for a nap, while the red king does his best to direct traffic with a staff not as potent as his queen’s.

“I had fun playing the different pieces off of each other,” relates James. “Knights, castles and kings all employ minions and ogres to move them about the field. The red bishop is very ‘Rome’, as if he has just arrived, ornate mitre and all, from a conference at the Vatican. His counterpart is a red-haired, crazy druid running around (technically, diagonally) with a bunch of skulls on his belt. You have the Napoleonic, Great Garabaldi pawn in the foreground very serious and very fired up for his role while his opposite number seems to be having trouble mustering any real sincerity.” Then, there’s the crowd that surrounds the main event. Advisors, apprentices and dragons are part of the action. Like children mimicking adults, a group of faeries play their own version of the game. A traveling salesman, in this case a “pawn-broker,” entices the locals with his wares. A chip monk hides in the woods holding a pawn. Has he swiped it or is he looking to get in a game?

An old, lost king lies half buried in the ground. Seventy-eight of his companions, known as the Lewis Chessmen, were discovered in 1831 on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland. These medieval ivory pieces date back to the 12th century and are believed to have been brought to the Scottish islands by the Norwegians, who ruled Scotland at the time.

“For those who know me well and that think I’ve forgotten something here, I haven’t. Hidden in the forest are at least three (maybe more) fish adding their enchantment to the day’s festivities. After all, it wouldn’t be a Christensen without magic in the air. And, oh, by the way, it’s red’s move.”

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Butterfly Knight

“You’ve probably heard the phrase ‘excessive force’ — well this knight is the embodiment of excessive preparation,” says artist James C. Christensen. “He has armored himself to the point of immobility and his quarry will almost certainly evade him.”
Fans of the artist will recognize many of his signature traits, however iron-clad, including the floating fish, the charming yet self-important little man and the hilarious detailed flourishes to the costumes right down to the bell lashed to the bird’s leg. Are those chicken feet? Say, those tail feathers look a bit suspicious . . . . Don’t miss the opportunity to hang this delightful warrior in your home.

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Desirable Above All Other Fruit

“Tree of Life imagery and its symbolism are present in almost every world creation myth and mythology. References, in one form of another, can be found in the Book of Genesis, Chinese and Norse mythology, Hinduism and pre-Columbian Mesoamerican cultures,” explains artist James C. Christensen.

“Most often these trees represent or act as a connection between heaven and all forms of creation. Our own scriptures are rich with stories and we are often taught by parables, visions and dreams recorded by the writers of our sacred books to give us in-sights into the nature of man and God’s relationship to his children.”

“Lehi’s Dream (1 Nephi 8) is a wonderful example of this and the Tree of Life is a powerful image. The story and the painting remind us that the fruits of the tree are available to everyone that tries to live a good life. There is a path to be followed and at the end there is the Tree, the love of God and his fruits are there for all of us to enjoy.”

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Finding Your Fish

This painting is about that blissful moment when you meet your magic, whatever that may be.

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Angel Unobserved

“The veil between us and heaven can be quite thin or, at times, a little thicker. This girl’s eyes are open to experience but, like other teenagers, the things she is most aware of concern herself,” says artist James Christensen. “There’s a veil between who she is now and the woman she will become, much less a higher power. She’s not conscious of the angel that watches over her. The key to it, though, is that we all have someone keeping an eye on us.”

“Angel Unobserved” a Christensen gem in the tradition of “Sleeper Lost in Dreams” and “Men and Angels,” combines beauty and mystery in an affordable fine art edition from one of the most collected artists painting today.

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Saint Apollonia

Once upon a time, the boundless imagination of master storyteller James C. Christensen created a series of paintings under the guise of an obscure (and fictitious) 15th century Flemish painter. This enigmatic collection became known as “Saints and Angels” for its similarities to the devotional art of that era, as well as its portrayals of largely forgotten Christian saints. Greenwich Workshop fine art collectors have contributed to the sell-out of previous limited editions from Saints and Angels including “Isabella,” “Angel with Epaulet” and “Madonna with Two Angels.”

“St. Apollonia” is the perfect complement to any of the releases from this series of elegant yet powerful women or a lovely and affordable start to a James C. Christensen collection of art for your home. Apollonia is the patron saint of dentists and those suffering toothaches. When heathens in Alexandria revolted against the Christians in 249, Apollonia was beaten and her teeth were pulled because she would not recant her Christian beliefs.

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Parables

“Few of us remember all of Jesus’ parables; it seems each time I read the New Testament, it’s a matter of rediscovery,” said artist James C. Christensen. “I’ll come upon a certain parable and find it has new meaning and relevance to my life. That’s why I thought I would gather several parables together in one image and create an opportunity for viewers to recall and share them. I worked closely with my friend Robert Millet, Professor of Ancient Scripture at Brigham Young University, in selecting these twelve and we feel that each conveys a special aspect of Jesus’ teachings. I always hope my work fosters not only contemplation and personal reflection, but also a sharing of experiences. I’d be delighted if this print inspired you to talk about these stories with your children or grandchildren.”

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Pilates

Exercise, anyone? Everyone?

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Jonah

“Now the Lord had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah.
And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.”

Jonah 1:17

“I always loved the Jonah story,” says James C. Christensen. “When I thought about the scripture that said the Lord had ‘prepared a great fish’ to swallow the recalcitrant prophet, I went home and got to thinking that if I were God, I’d make a really neat-looking fish. So I painted what I thought it might look like. The thing to remember is that the window is a one-way mirror. If Jonah could see out, it would be just another vacation cruise.”

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Benediction

“The words coming out of this angel’s mouth are purposely provocative and designed to make you wonder ‘What does that mean?’ It’s Latin, ‘beatus est pisciculus,’ meaning ‘blessed is the little fish.’ Floating fish symbolize the magic all around us and they are blessed little things themselves, to bring this magic into our lives. Is the angel blessing the fish or the fish blessing the angel? The fish is a symbol I frequently use and this painting was meant as my ‘thank-you’ for a lot of the magic in my life.”

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The Oldest Angel

“The idea for this ancient angel came to me completely out of the blue,” says artist James C. Christensen. “He started as a drawing in my sketchbook and he looked like he had been around forever. I imagine him at almost the farthest reaches of eternity. Every night he climbs up that little trail and holds out his candle. You can make up your own story about him. Where is he? Why is he here? Maybe he likes this spot. Maybe he’s been up there, watching, since before the beginning of the world.”

This classic Christensen angel was originally published in a fine art paper edition eighteen years ago and has been sold out in the market for nearly as long. Much history has passed since then, both personally for the artist and for us as a country and now this oldest of angels seems even more poignant as a symbol of eternal and almost defiant hope.

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The Golden Ball

“Once upon a time . . . .” The inspiration for this mysterious beauty in the woods comes from the classic fairy tale “The Frog Prince” wherein the most beautiful princess in the land loses her little gold ball down a well and promises a frog he can be her dearest companion if only he retrieves it. To make this short story shorter, he does and she reneges on her promise until her father, the king, seizing the opportunity of a teaching moment, makes her keep her promise. The lovely princess holds her nose to befriend the frog but after a few days, she actually does like her new friend and kisses him. He turns into the prince he was before a witch cast a spell on him and the two live happily ever after.

Foremost fantasy artist James C. Christensen captures the precise moment of truth where the delicate fingertips of the princess holds her most precious object and contemplates the cost of keeping it, against the cost of sharing her love with the world. Luckily for that frog, she made the right choice.

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A Place of Her Own

“I wanted to create a retreat,” says artist James C. Christensen, “a secluded little nook filled with art and books where a woman could really get away from it all. Here, the tension melts away as lilting strains of lute music drift across the overstuffed cushions. The objects in the room represent the things that I believed are important to a full and satisfying life: Rembrandt’s painting ‘Aristotle Contemplating the Bust of Honor’ (culture and the arts); the medieval Unicorn Tapertries (magic and belief); maps (curiosity and exploration); sheet music (music and creativity) and the books, treasures which represent the collected wisdom of the ages. Take a close look at the books – there’s one of my very favorites books buried in there somewhere!”

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Outside the Box

This hunchback “Everyman” of James C. Christensen’s symbology is not only thinking outside the box, he is outside of his box. He’s arrived and if he had any trouble getting here, it’s behind him now. It’s like getting up very early in the morning, before everyone else, to take quiet time to reflect. It’s a perfect moment, sitting on the checkered gameboard of life and contemplating a cloudless future. In a couple of hours he may be joined by others, or maybe not, but for now the sky’s the limit, the air smells great and the possibilities are endless.

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First Rose
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The Return of the Fablemaker

The beloved Storyteller from James C. Christensen’s 1999 Greenwich Workshop limited edition print “Once Upon a Time” returns in this fanciful new image commissioned for the 20th Anniversary of the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival.

Twenty years have passed since that magical meeting in the forest and the Storyteller is out and about on his circuit. Scores of characters are coming into town to greet him including some familiar Christensen dwarves, dragons, faeries and characters like the oddball twins Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum. Four well-known Timpanogos storytellers make costumed appearances. Can you find the two homage-to-fantasy-artist-Brian Froud characters? Even Mount Timpanogos peeks over the Tudor-inspired buildings to welcome back the Storyteller.

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Sometimes the Spirit Touches Us Through Our Weaknesses

The Latin “post nubila phoebus,” translates as “after clouds, sun” which is something like our saying “every cloud has a silver lining.” The iconic Christensen hunchback-as-Everyman is somber and a bit troubled. “The hump represents his troubles,” says Christensen, “and we all have them, but there is a little light at the place where the angel spirit’s finger touches the hump. I wanted to show how we grow from coping with adversity. Humbled by our weaknesses, we can be more open to things divine.”

The deceptively simple composition of this James C. Christensen Anniversary Edition contains many of the artist’s most defining elements and inspiration: the hunchback, the light of the spirit, the checkerboard floor representing the opposing aspects of life—light and dark, yin and yang and a doorway to the unknown . . . combine to convey a story of hope, recovery and new growth.

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The Royal Music Barque

This piece has a little of the flavor of Handel’s work. The ship, the instruments and even the angel are things based on research or hearsay. The king’s lion’s-head lute is based on one in the Victoria and Albert Museum music collection. The other characters are simply supporters of music.

The mouse, playing a three-stringed ancestor of the violin, seems to sit nicely in the crow’s next. He makes the whole thing diminutive because it’s easier to accept a little king than a gigantic mouse. The angel has butterfly wings and the bird is simply listening . . . or maybe doing vocals.

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Fiona

Clothed in garb of cobwebs and moonlight, “Fiona” catches your gaze. Like all of the sídhe (faeries) she is breathtakingly beautiful, but Fiona is more than meets the eye. Celtic legends tell of men and women who followed the unearthly music of the faeries deep into the woods and were never seen again. Other folk tell a friendlier tale of the leanan sídhe, the faerie muses who protect artists and poets in exchange for their immortal love.

James Christensen’s “Fiona” shines in her natural adornments. If you look closely, you’ll see the half-hidden subjects of her kingdom: flowers, animals and insects, hidden amid her garments. If you look closer still, you just might find exactly what you seek, but beware — the promises of faeries are fleeting and nothing is ever quite what it seems.

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Music of Heaven

“The earth has music for those who listen.”-William Shakespeare

In the midst of our hectic lives, it is easy to forsake what is important in favor of what needs to be done. We relinquish our quiet time, our communion with ourselves and a greater universe, for the daily realities that (it seems) cannot wait. Once in a while, however, if we would just be still and listen, we would hear something wondrous. The earth — indeed, heaven itself — has music for those who will listen.

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Virtue

“To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.” -Buddha

In the tradition of “Saint with White Sleeves,” “The Beggar Princess and the Magic Rose” and “Sleeper Lost in Dreams” comes “Virtue,” a beautiful and inspirational message of hope. The depicted graceful young woman may walk a dark path, but with determination and focus on her guiding principles she will surely find her way. Incorporating one of James C. Christensen’s most popular recurring themes, “Virtue” serves as a classic and elegant reminder to stay true to your beliefs, that faith and strength will see you through the dark times.

“The candle is a symbol of light in the spirit,” says Christensen. “The candle is about being an example to others, but it’s also about keeping that light shining for yourself. Be true to yourself and to the things you know are important and don’t let the world taint you.”

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The Burden of the Responsible Man

“Did you ever feel the weight of the world on your shoulders? When I painted ‘The Burden of the Responsible Man’ I felt overwhelmed by how much everybody expected from me. I felt as if life was taking everything I had and not giving much back, just dangling a carrot to keep me going. Even this man’s pet, a hedgehog, needs to be fed and taken for walks, but is too prickly to offer warm ‘cuddlies’ in return. But the man’s a responsible person and so he just keeps plodding along. That’s the point. I just kept plodding along, too, and things got better. I discovered that my burdens were really blessings and challenges necessary for my growth.”

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False Magic

n the fantastic world of James C. Christensen’s paintings, fish are a symbol of magic and wisdom. “Their floating presence in the air reminds us that anything is possible,” says Christensen, “and those touched or surrounded by fish are considered truly blessed. When the fish don’t arrive, however, sometimes a person will take matters into his own hands, with compelling but less-than-convincing results.

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The Rich Young Ruler

How much are you willing to sacrifice to follow what you believe? That is the dilemma James C. Christensen presents in “The Rich Young Ruler.” Christensen’s most popular scriptural works have focused on the challenge to live our faith, to give all that we have and to live in a state of thankfulness.

Just before his triumphal entrance into Jerusalem, Jesus passed through a town where a righteous young man asked him what he could do to inherit eternal life. The young man told Jesus how he followed the Commandments and obeyed the laws of his people, but Jesus asked something more: “Go, sell everything you have and give to the poor,” he said, “and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.” The home of “The Rich Young Ruler” is filled with symbols of both his success and his dilemma. The laden camels in the frieze in the foreground illustrate Jesus’ next words to his disciples, “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” The ruler himself is richly dressed in fine fabrics and jewels and the room is filled with lush plants, which in a desert setting would be quite costly to maintain. Sputtering beside the entrance to the door is the ruler’s lamp that, like the flame of his belief, wavers in the wind. These symbols, combined with Christensen’s unique style, make “The Rich Young Ruler” an elegant story of difficult decisions and of a Master who will always look back and offer another chance.

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False Magic

In the fantastic world of James C. Christensen’s paintings, fish are a symbol of magic and wisdom. “Their floating presence in the air reminds us that anything is possible,” says Christensen, “and those touched or surrounded by fish are considered truly blessed. When the fish don’t arrive, however, sometimes a person will take matters into his own hands, with compelling but less-than-convincing results. Non-magical fish, as you can see, don’t really enjoy hanging in mid-air.”

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Benediction

“I have always used the floating fish to symbolize the presence of life’s magic,” says Jim Christensen. “Occasionally, I’ve wondered whether these little guys are bringing the magic with them or are the result of it. Who is the recipient of the benediction? Is the angel blessing the fish or in another way, is the fish blessing the angel . . . blessing her by its presence? The Latin on the ring, ‘Beatus est Pisciculus,’ translates as ‘Blessed is the Little Fish.’ Regardless of which came first, the angel or the fish, it’s important to stop and take the time to be thankful for the magic in our lives.”

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Men and Angels

“Man, indeed, describes more than he explains; while the angelic spirit sees and understands. Man judges nature in relation to itself; the angelic spirit judges it in relation to heaven. In short, to the spirits everything speaks.”
— Honore de Balzac

Artist James C. Christensen’s portrayals of angels, including “Cecelia,”

“Sleeper Lost in Dreams” and throughout his Saints and Angels series, inspire us to reflect on the angels among us. The high contrast in “Men and Angels” reminds the viewer that sometimes our mortal world is dark compared to the world of angels. The image also reveals how a visitor can bring a shining light, leading us out of the darkness.

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Angel with Epaulet

“Angel with Epaulet” is part of Christensen’s “Saints and Angels” series that also includes “Saint with White Sleeves” and “Madonna with Two Angels.” The “Saints and Angels” collection is attributed to James’ alter-ego, the obscure Flemish painter known only as The Master of the Enouch Altarpiece.

During the Northern Renaissance in Europe, it was common for women of the commercial class to commission small religious paintings to carry from house to house. In envisioning the history of “Ave” through the eyes of his Flemish counterpart, James says that he imagined the painting as a fragment of a greater whole, perhaps a household altar.

James believes that “Ave” evokes “Some of the peace and serenity we are all looking for this holiday season. It’s a wonderful gift to remind us that there is a reverence and a peaceful feeling that ought to prevail in our holiday activities that we search for and so rarely find.”

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The Beggar Princess and the Magic Rose

A beautiful young woman in tattered finery stands in a dark castle hall, holding a wilting rose as its petals shed flakes of gold. The elements of the story seem familiar enough — a princess, a flower, a ruined castle — but the story itself is nowhere to be found in our childhood memories of fairy tales. The reason? There is no story . . . yet.

“The Beggar Princess and the Magic Rose” exemplifies what artist James Christensen feels is ” . . . so great about art: the viewer can contribute to the magic by making up their own story.” While the trappings of the tale are well-worn, the tale of the beggar princess itself is yet unwritten. How long has she walked these castle paths? Is the bloom of the rose tied somehow to her freedom? Is she even trapped? Both the history and the fate of the young beggar princess lie in the imagination of the beholder.” “The Beggar Princess and the Magic Rose” offers us the ultimate fairy-tale opportunity: to ride to the rescue and save the princess.

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Angels of My Village

While traveling in Umbria this past summer, artist James Christensen was inspired by the architecture of the region, the “piled and stacked buildings” of the hill towns. He filled his sketchbooks with Italian landscapes and cityscapes such as the one found in his newest piece, “Angels of My Village.” The illuminated landscape and hand-layered gold leaf of the painting call to mind the angels found in medieval manuscripts.

“In my mind,” says Jim, “it was kind of a thank-you painting for the feelings that we’re not alone. I think we need to remember that we do have angels watching over us. Even if you live in New York City, you have your village. I know every single person within three blocks of me. We help one another and are the angels for one another. We are the angels of our villages.”

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Smell the Roses

If “Visitation/Preoccupation” is the warning, “Smell the Roses” is the answer. This fellow has managed to layer on and pile up the responsibilities he carries about his life. Indeed, he’s probably proud of being fairly buttoned-up, and perhaps working just a little too hard. Yet, something has suddenly clicked. He’s stashed away his clock where he can’t see it and loosened most of his buttons. He’s managed to pass that magic threshold and realize that we all need to slow down and smell the roses every now and then. Where in this process are you?

This delightful print is hand-colored by the members of Christensen’s own Magic Fish Studio. No two are quite alike, each a one-of-a-kind original. Take the time to treat yourself to this very special reminder to “Smell the Roses.”

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The Blind Leading the Blind

The Parable of the Blind is one of the best-known sections from Jesus’ famous Sermon on the Mount. It reads: “Can a blind man lead a blind man? Will they not both fall into a pit?” Jesus used the metaphor of the blind men to suggest to his followers that they examine their own hearts and souls before calling attention to the flaws of others. James Christensen has taken the parable in a new, more light-hearted direction in “The Blind Leading the Blind.”

Christensen sees his blind men as archetypal figures, embodying the different ways people deal with difficult situations. All four men are lost, but their expressions reveal their attitudes: one man is unhappy, one is content with his lot, one man is confused and one has tumbled into the pit entirely. “The Blind Leading the Blind” is a whimsical reminder to remain humble — and to give others the benefit of the doubt.

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Resistance Training

Although the relationship between the quartet of tough-looking fish and the determined cyclist in “Resistance Training” may at first be unclear, the title offers some explanation: athletes often train against a resisting force to build their strength. In this particular case, however, as the fish tug stubbornly in the other direction, we must wonder — who is training whom?

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The Responsible Woman

This painting is an homage to artist James Christensen’s wife, Carole. He began to contemplate all her roles in life and the many weighty responsi-bilities she shouldered as a full-time wife and mother of five young children. Women everywhere relate to the need to confidently soar above life’s troubles and challenges. In a given day she may shuttle the children, prepare a gourmet feast, keep to hectic time schedules and more, but she always keeps her head up and carries the light of hope to those around her. A delightful gift to honor a wife, mother, grandmother, sister or any heroic woman in your life.

Among the important women’s roles portrayed in this painting are:

  • Mother
  • Pet caretaker
  • Chef
  • Housekeeper
  • Leader (Lighting the way with wisdom)
  • Scheduler

How many more can you find?

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The Pink Ribbon

When James C. Christensen paints a portrait of a woman, the beauty of his subject never ceases to lose the viewer in thought. Inspirational and confident, sensitive and ambiguous, “The Pink Ribbon” is Christensen’s positive statement on prevention and survival.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Breast Cancer Foundation

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The Gift for Mrs. Claus

“One of my favorite traditions of Christmas is making a gift for my wife,” says Christensen. “Whether it is a drawing of one of our children, a fantasy painting or a stained glass fish to hang in the kitchen window, I know that it will have special meaning for her because I have taken the time to make it.

The anticipation of that moment of surprise is as much a part of the joy and excitement as the expression on her face when she actually opens her present. In ‘The Gift for Mrs. Claus,’ I tried to capture the sense of delightful conspiracy as Father Christmas puts aside a little extra time to prepare a special surprise for his wife.”

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If Pigs Could Fly

There are oodles of adages associated with “when pigs fly”: events extremely unlikely to occur or just plain nonsensical. In the world of artist James C. Christensen, a flying pig might seem perfectly commonplace. But the hunchback holding a candle in “If Pigs Could Fly” is oblivious to his winged counterpart. In Christensen’s art, the hunchback represents the imperfect”everyman” and the candle he carries signifies his wisdom and faith (or the faith in his wisdom, as the case may be). Our hero forges onward, walking ahead, not expecting the unexpected, nor noticing what’s happening just over his shoulder. “If Pigs Could Fly” reminds us that anything and everything is possible and not to eliminate any possibility.

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The Enoch Altar Piece

For over a year, artist James C. Christensen painted “under the guise” of an obscure, 15th century Flemish painter, best known for, and named after, a multi-paneled masterpiece called “The Enoch Altarpiece.” Also known as “Jehovah Teaches Enoch the Plan of Salvation,” what remains of “The Enoch Altarpiece” are the two sides that once flanked the (missing) center panel. The two angels, who originally were positioned to bless the center scene, incorporate symbols of God’s original plan for man’s salvation. With the angel on the left are fruit and a serpent, representing the Garden of Eden and the fall of man, while a skull pierced by an Easter Lily appears with the angel on the right, suggesting the triumph of Christ over death and the redemption of man.

The fact that the center panel is missing is rich with allegory as well. According to Christensen the missing center panel depicted not only Enoch and Jehovah, but the City of Enoch as well. Enoch was regarded by God to be so imbued with the Holy Spirit that he was “translated” or “taken from the earth” rather than suffer physical death. “No one is certain what happened to the missing center panel of ‘The Enoch Altarpiece,’ but the hope is,” says Christensen, with a smile, “it will one day return.”

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Dusk

“Dusk can be both the end and the exaltation of a new beginning, yet forever remain itself. . . .” – John Ashbery

In this evocative mood piece, James captures a woman paused in reflection as night draws near. The evening “star” is the planet Venus.

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St. Brendan the Navigator

St. Brendan’s fame rests on the mythical adventure described in Brendan’s Voyage, a 10th century romance of Brendan and a company of monks sailing the Atlantic Ocean to the Promised Land. One of the stories of the voyage relates that Brendan, wishing to celebrate Easter Mass, landed on a small island in the middle of the ocean. After celebrating Mass, Brendan and his companions built a fire on which to cook a meal and thus awakened the sleeping whale they had mistakenly identified as a small island. Terrified, the voyagers rushed to their ship and fled. Since then, St. Brendan has been associated with whales and large fish.

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Poofy Guy on a Short Leash

In the fantastic world of James Christensen, a “poofy guy” is recognizable by the inordinate layers of clothing he wears, symbolizing a touch of self-importance as well as the accumulated baggage of a lifetime. This light and airy piece just may suggest marriage, as James asks us to consider the luck we “poofy guys” have in being cared for by a responsible woman. “Thank heavens,” says James “guys like us have some one holding onto us, otherwise, we’d just spin off into the atmosphere and pop!”

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The Royal Processional

Make a royal statement. You are witness to something few humans ever see. The sweet smell of incense carried on the breeze has awoken you from your rest in the woods and you capture a glimpse of the king and queen of the faeries passing by. “This is not the May Day parade or a Coronation,” James C. Christensen explains. “Simply, this is ‘The Royal Processional’ – just your regular, everyday king and queen of the Faeries entourage.”

Inspired by the grand processions of history, fiction and movies, Christensen provides a glimpse of the faerie world by fashioning an eclectic parade of fantasy forest denizens. “The king in the armor is Oberon and the queen is Titania,” says Christensen. “They are the rulers of the Faeries. Other fascinating creatures waiting to be discovered are their laughing faeries-in-waiting, their old prime minister with the butterfly banner, the young wizard-in-training with his nose in a book and the incense bearers to alert – by smell – the other forest creatures.”

Join “The Royal Processional” and set yourself apart from mere mortals.

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Twilight

“This painting is a love story,” says James Christensen. “Love on many different levels, but most importantly, the power of that which is everlasting. It is rich in symbols that suggest the close of a chapter; the twilight hour of day, the final phase of the moon, the turning leaves on an autumn tree and the checkerboard road that comes to an end. Even though this couple needs help in just getting around, they seem unconcerned. Despite the limitations of old age, they are supported by loved ones, surrounded by a lifetime of favorite things and they have each other. The carnation he offers her is a symbol of enduring love.”

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Touching the Hem of God

Witness that magnificent moment of fulfillment connected with the grace of faith. Referred to in the book of Mark as “the woman with the issue of blood,” this miracle speaks of the power of the individual conviction and persistence. This woman’s faith that even fleeting contact with Christ could cure the incurable is matched only by her resolve in making the event occur. So powerful is such faith that the frenzy of a pressing crowd dissolves before the touch of such a devoted human spirit and the viture of Christ flowed to it.
Matthew 9:20-22; Mark 5:25-34; Luke 8:43-48

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The Oath

For 2,400 years, physicians have honored Hippocrates’ sacred vow to treat a patient with empirical, scientific wisdom and ethical consideration. However, as James C. Christensen wittily reveals in “The Oath,” not all aspects of medical antiquity have stood the test of time and Hippocrates could never have imagined some others. Just as attorneys everywhere warmly responded to the self-deprecating humor of Christensen’s image “A Lawyer More Than Adequately Attired in Fine Print,” we think members of the medical profession will appreciate a healthy dose of “The Oath.” Accompanied by a decorative Hippocratic Oath suitable for framing and a key of over 60 medical references.

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Monarch of All He Surveys

This king has placed himself in a position of power, surrounded by his symbols of pride and puffery, but perhaps he should be more self-aware to see that his “kingdom” is precariously balanced and it wouldn’t take much to upset it.

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Queen Mab in the Ruins

The playwright Shakespeare and the poet Shelley fell under her spell. Countless lovers dream of her, waking to a happy bewitchment. Yet of all mortal men only one artist — James C. Christensen — has ever been admitted to the royal circle, privileged to meet the legendary Faerie Queen Mab and her attendants in all their enchanting glory.

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Balancing Act

“Like ‘The Burden of the Responsible Man,’ this is a very autobiographical piece. I just didn’t know how I could balance another thing in my life, and then, bingo, this idea came into my head. Life is a balance between fun and work, spiritual qualities, education, nutrition our lives are continuous balancing acts. Of course, some of us make it a little more complex by putting our only balancing foot on the back of a moving turtle.

Why are there three clocks in the image? Because we’re always balancing time.”
There are many specific symbols in the image. Most of them are far from obscure, but the little neat secrets include a king statue, the symbol of the omnipresence of politics and government. The skull is a spring hare skull, with a little label that reads “spring hare – lost race.” It’s a joke, but it also symbolizes mortality. The owl and the pussycat represent marriage which is a major balancing act. The Latin in the image means “Equilibrium (balance) is to be desired.” In other words, as long as you remain upright, you’re okay.

Those are just a few things, but everything here means something. What do they mean to you?

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We Three Kings

“We have seen his star in the east . . . .” – Matthew 2:2

The sudden appearance of a new and brilliant star set the kings of the East on one of the Bible’s better-known journeys. Through the centuries, paintings have shown as many as eight kings. Some debate whether the magi were actual kings or a group of scholars, astronomers and priests. The Western tradition of three kings most likely arose from the three gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh that they brought to “the newborn King.” James C. Christensen provides us with a gift to treasure the whole year through. In his original painting, the star and the three gifts of the kings are gold leaf. For both the print and canvas editions, we were able to recreate this radiant effect, in fact, the canvas is hand-crafted with 22-karat gold leaf.

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Superstitions

Does breaking seven mirrors bring 49 years of bad luck? Where did that idea come from any way? The inhabitants of this precariously perched village go about their lives hoping to keep the infernal finger of Fate pointed in the other direction by doing everything possible to avoid bad luck. Can you find the 72 different superstitions James Christensen has included in this special Anniversary Edition release? Are you curious as to where all these superstitions originated; you can find them all below or in the free booklet that will accompany your canvas.

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Six Bird Hunters in Full Camouflage

“For these hunters, the ritual is far more important that the prize,” explains Christensen. “Bonking the bird is not in the thing; the technique of the hunt is. Each of these bird hunters is a “master” of technique, whether he’s disguised as another bird, a pear tree, a rock, a fungus-covered log or a butterfly. Whoever has the best costume, more than who gets the bird, wins.”

“That accounts for only five bird hunters, though. What about the sixth? Is it the fish? “No,” says Christensen, stone-faced. “That’s a decoy. Still can’t find the sixth bird hunter. That’s because he’s very, very good,” says Christensen.

As this Fine Art Anniversary Edition Canvas shows, you can never have enough of the right gear. Certainly there are more efficient ways to go about such an endeavor, but where is the fun in that? Get your edition of “Six Bird Hunters in Full Camouflage” and join a hunt where imagination and invention are the most important things of all.

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Glorianna and the Creche

“A nativity would be incomplete without something representing the manger. I’ve chosen to adorn a very gothic arch with an angel I’ve named Gloriana, a witness from above, to the glory of the moment and things to come.”

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Two Sisters

“Homer tells us that ‘winged words’ are successful communications,” begins James Christensen, “and that words without wings are not as well understood and do not have the power to touch or move a listener. ‘Two Sisters’ was created as part of a show I put together, “Winged Words,” which was based on this idea of communication and on our attitudes towards each other.
“It began on a trip to Italy. I was intrigued by the Fra Angelico frescoes painted in the monks’ cells in the Church of San Marco in Florence. Many of the paintings had words of scripture, written in Latin, issuing from the mouths of the characters. I became fascinated with the idea, so much so that it became the theme for an entire show.”

“The first idea that came to me for the diptych “Two Sisters” was somewhat cliché: the poor woman is virtuous and the rich woman, elitist; one good, one bad. But, then I thought about the inherent worth of all people, the wealthy as well as the poor. Both have gifts to offer to the world, each giving according to their ability. This is symbolized by the flowers and Latin words hovering above the outstretched hands.

“The ornately adorned woman balances a strawberry plant which symbolizes the good works of a righteous person. Notice that the fruit itself is not quite ripe as her gifts to the world have not yet been fully realized. The Latin reads ‘Caritas:’ the rich sister can offer charity. The more meekly attired sister holds a little white violet, a symbol of humility. The Latin above reads ‘Spes – Fides:’ faith and hope.”

Rich in symbolism, these two paintings make a warm and wise statement: regardless of our specific circumstances, we all have a worthy contribution to make to our world!

Diptych. Each image is 14″ x 23″ in

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Tempus Fugit

Some scientists have devoted their careers to the study of how we perceive the passage of time. Time comes to a stop. Time drags. Time flies (Latin: tempus fugit). When we’re busy and engaged in life, we ride the passage of time like a raft down a river. The quintessential Christensen character in this painting is a little bit of the absent-minded professor with his mismatched footwear and befuddled surprise. He is shocked at the hour, even as he’s surrounded by reminders of the time.

“This is the look on my face,” says artist James C. Christensen, “when I glance up from painting and realize an entire afternoon has passed!”

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College of Magical Knowledge

“The College of Magical Knowledge” is the most recognized and adored setting in Christensen’s “land a little left of reality” and was featured in his best-selling book The Voyage of the Basset. “The inscription over the entrance reads Scientia est Potentia,” relates Christensen, “so the institution was founded on the principle that ‘Knowledge is Power’ But it is vital to realize that here, at this place, the traditional human paths to knowledge, to become political beings or financiers, are incomplete. Science itself only offers us one way of looking at our problems. One needs to add the suspension of disbelief in order to gain access to the magic found in life. You don’t learn ordinary things here.

“’The College of Magical Knowledge’ is just the opposite of the kind of institution where the Fellowes wear black and are very serious. It is a place where the professors wear as many colors as possible, plus two! I’d guess that nearly every character I’ve painted went to school here. Certainly a few haven’t, but you can see here ‘Bird Hunters,’ ‘The Fishwalker,’ a ‘Butterfly Fisherman’ and the ‘Pear Balancer.’ For as stately as the building may appear, the College is far bigger on the inside than out. The Fellowes have an incredible library of stuff at which we can only guess. But two of the most prized possessions are the ‘Book of Answers’ and the ‘Book of Questions.’ I’ve heard that most find learning how to ask the right questions will get them farther than simply having all the answers, which isn’t necessarily the path many institutions take.”

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Shakespearean Fantasy

“I’ve had a lifelong love affair with Shakespeare’s works. Of all the artists —and certainly of all the playwrights and poets — who have ever lived, Shakespeare comes closest to my ideal” says James C. Christensen. “If I took all my best artistic qualities and exaggerated them to become some sort of creative superhero, I like to think I’d be a lot like Shakespeare.

“This painting was commissioned by the Utah Shakespearean Festival. People ask me, ‘Why do you only have some of his plays represented here?’ My answer is always the same: ‘The other plays are on the back of the island, just go around!’ Seriously, a few of the references are tough, so you may need to revisit your Shakespeare to get them all.

“The Bard had such a deep and intimate understanding of the human condition, so much so that his plays, which were written nearly a half-millennium ago, are still being performed. Why? Because the messages, trials and joys of his characters are universal and because they are beautifully expressed. The pleasure of reading Shakespeare’s sonnets or attending a performance of one of his plays is in his finely crafted language. He says things the way I wish I could say them.”

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The Nest

“I was listening to a song by Nora Jones,” explains James Christensen. “At one point she sings, ‘In a boat that’s built of sticks and hay, we drifted from the shore . . . .’ It occurred to me that a new marriage is like a tiny nest of sticks and twigs and on the river of life, our relationships act like a boat that holds us together as we travel along its meandering path. Through their journey together, this newlywed couple will build stronger supports into their fledgling nest until it will be a shelter able to withstand even the fiercest of storms.

“The shoreline of the river is bountiful with signs that good fortune will accompany this newlywed couple throughout their passage. Heart-shaped bushes populate the undergrowth along the river’s edge. Lemons, a universal symbol of marital happiness, ripen abundantly on a tree. Next to it, the oranges signify that they hope to start a family. The white lilies are an indication of purity and virtue and the irises represent faith and hope. Peace and friendship in the family can be expected since a pair of swallows blesses this couple with their presence.”

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Hold to the Rod, the Iron Rod

“Hold to the rod, the iron rod; ’Tis strong, and bright, and true.
The iron rod is the word of God;
’Twill safely guide us through.”
– Joseph L. Townsend, The Iron Rod, LDS Hymns, no. 274

As we walk the road of life, we tend to collect things that make us feel safer and more sure of ourselves. These may be material possessions, titles or responsibilities, but in the end they amount to the same thing: a fleeting and superficial sense of security. It is only by holding fast to our beliefs that we can navigate life with any confidence.

The character in “Hold to the Rod” finds himself so burdened with the mundane objects he has collected that, while he hopefully eyes the rod, he cannot reach up to hold it for fear of losing something else. The man has become little more than a vehicle for his adornments. He demonstrates that what is truly important is keeping sight of our true belief and faith, that they alone will guide us through.


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“Hold to the Rod” focuses on one of James’ ubiquitous, puffy-guy characters in a predicament. He has become so burdened with his belongings and the items he has collected that, while he eyes the rod longingly, he cannot reach up to hold it for fear of losing some of his possessions. His dilemma is one we all share daily; how prepared are we to let go of the things we think we need to keep us safe and secure in order to hold fast to our beliefs and thereby navigate life with confidence?


The “Hold to the Rod, the Iron Rod” Remarque Edition features the hand-colored remarque “Choosing the Right.” With this original Christensen design, we have the pleasure of discovering the choice our character has made through a beautiful and special work of art. On the ground around him lay much of his discarded baggage. He has made the commitment to reach out and grab hold of what is actually important: keeping sight of our true belief and faith, knowing that these alone can and will guide him through.

This edition is comprised of the Fine Art Print signed by the artist and numbered, plus a matching numbered and signed “Choosing the Right.” The hand-colored remarque is 6 1/2″ x 7 1/2″ on Strathmore Fine Art paper and has an image area of 4″ x 5 5/8″. It can be framed with your “Hold to the Rod” print or framed seperately.

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Three Wise Men in a Boat

“These three are obviously on an important mission,” says James Christensen, “dressed in their finest clothes and all very serious, even the camel. We’re not sure who they are but they each appear to be carrying a special gift.”

Their magical golden boat, complete with Moorish-inspired stone arches and a filigree rudder, sports a “lateen” sail common around the Mediterranean Sea and other Mideast coastal waters. Is this ship floating or has it run aground? Perhaps they are near Bethlehem . . . but it looks a lot like northern Europe. Then again, this journey in a spectacular vessel of imprecise ancestry across a Flemish landscape might just be a jewel of a metaphor for life itself.

“These three wise men are taking a shortcut,” says the artist with a twinkle in his eye. “There’s only one camel on deck. The other two are below because they get seasick.”

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The Tie That Binds

“The best friendships can and will endure,” explains James Christensen. “My wife has a life-long friend that lives in California. We live in Utah. Their relationship is more like that of sisters, although possibly even stronger. They have been friends for decades. Over that period of time they have had the chance to share all the joys life has presented them. They have also looked to and supported each other through hardship, distance and change. Separately, they have grown but never have they grown apart. The physical distance between them is overcome by an unseen connection.

“This painting is a diptych, each panel its own character. Unlike my diptych ‘Sisters,’ both of these women are equals in their relationship as indicated by the similar style of clothing between the two. Both women lightly grasp the tie that binds them together. It is not a difficult thing to manage. Additionally, each has an ample length of cord in reserve, ensuring that no physical distance between them can severe their tie.”

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Courtship

“Anyone who has stood on the precipice of revealing their true emotions toward another,” comments artist Jim Christensen, “will find this scene familiar. This intrepid little hunchback is declaring his love and saying, ‘Here I go, come what may.’ The odds seem to be in his favor as he sails in the Love Boat itself with the offspring of the Owl and the Pussycat for his companion.” This delightful Fine Art Limited Edition Giclée Canvas attests to the uplifting and hopeful power of new love.

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All That She Had

The parable of the widow’s mite illustrates piety in its purest form. A widow, depicted here as a young woman in tattered finery, the last vestiges of her privileged former life, offers all that she has to the temple. Her contribution of two small coins may seem small when compared to the lavish donations of the city fathers, but, said Jesus, “. . . this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: for all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all she had, even her living.” (Mark 12: 43-44)

The square halo formed by the window behind the young widow hearkens back to 11th century Christian iconography. At that time, living saints and holy persons were depicted with a square nimbus, or halo, in order to differentiate them from the immortals

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The Yellow Rose

“When I painted ‘The Yellow Rose’ I had just come back from a trip to Italy. Everywhere we went there seemed to be another centuries-old building adorned with yet another breath-taking fresco. There was such a lost and found quality to discovering these works. Most carried a religious theme, but there was also a sense of high romance in them as well. That is what I tried to capture here,” says Christensen.

“The woman has a halo, but I’m not quite sure that I meant her to be a saint. She definitely is instilled with divine grace, however. The yellow rose is symbolic of light and warmth, as opposed to a red rose which is more often associated with love and lovers. I also focused on taking a much more painterly approach to this piece. I wanted it to have the built-up and layered textures like those frescos I had seen in Italy. An astute observer will notice that this is the same model that I used for ‘The Beggar Princess and the Magic Rose,’ but that painting was actually inspired by this one.”

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Angel Unaware

Is it that most people never have the opportunity to see an angel or is it that we simply do not look well enough to see them walking among us? Angels come to help and guide us in as many guises for people who need their assistance. Sometimes we see their ethereal, heavenly shadow, sometimes we only feel their nearness and sometimes they look no different from ourselves.

This unassuming young woman has been endowed with wings and grace of such force that even the invisible has left its shadow on the stone. She remains modest and humble and is probably unaware of what she has done. Her service and kindness just seemed like the right thing to do.

“It was pride that changed angels into devils, it is humility that makes men as angels.” ―Saint Augustine

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Men and Angels – The Art of James C. Christensen

Join the legions of fans and collectors who have made the award-winning artwork of James C. Christensen a part of their lives through his paintings, sculpture, acclaimed books and limited editions. Experience this diverse and masterful body of work in “Men and Angels,” the single largest collection of Christensen’s paintings ever published. This comprehensive volume brims with over 300 paintings (including many favored classics), more than 100 unpublished treasures and a selection of whimsical and inspired sketches from his private sketchbooks.

From marriage to spiritual devotion to daily pet care, no object seems mundane after it has met Christensen’s inventive brush. Applying his celebrated eye for the fantastic to people, landscapes and creatures (both real and imagined) Christensen has created a rich and strangely familiar world that will take a lifetime to explore. Each painting presents a unique glimpse into the mind of the artist and holds up a mirror to the universal trials and triumphs of our own lives.

Christensen’s career as an artist and art professor has equipped him to be a great communicator or perhaps the fact that he is especially articulate for a visual artist has made him a master teacher. His wide-ranging commentary is as engaging as his art. The range of subject matter and style are a testament to the artist’s imagination, creativity and understanding of art history. Christensen’s drive to connect with the world weaves through his work like a ribbon, over mermaids, under saints and around hunchbacks. The paintings communicate on a level that is as personal as it is universal. Enter the realm of James C. Christensen’s “Men and Angels,” both human and divine!

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Visitation/Preoccupation

How often do we find ourselves too preoccupied within our own little worlds to realize when something truly momentous is happening outside of them? Are we paying enough attention to those around us to really hear what they are saying? Jim Christensen created this series “Winged Words” to poke fun at people (using barbed wire) and get them to realize, “Yeah, I do that, too.”

In this extreme example, a very self-important individual, in all his pomp and finery, fails to realize the heavenly nature of his visitor because he’s just not listening. In Latin, the angel says, “I am dead.” The man’s response to his rather uncommon occurrence, “How do you like my clothes?” underscores how little he is paying attention. The pear in the man’s hand, one bite taken —bordering on the over-ripe, is a reminder that we may not have all the time we think we do to amend these failures in communication.

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Lawrence Pretended Not to Notice That a Bear Had Become Attached to his Coattail

“This is one of those paintings that most people can relate to,” says James C. Christensen, “although often for a different reason than you may expect. I think everyone occasionally ignores problems in the hope that they will fade away, but that’s not the only interpretation for the image. When wildlife painter Bonnie Marris saw this painting she cried, ‘That poor bear! This is the third guy he’s gotten attached to this week and this isn’t even his neighborhood! Did you ever think about that?’

“Personal experience has a major influence on people’s interpretation of the painting’s message. When I gave a talk to third graders about trusting their ideas, I asked them what they thought ‘Lawrence . . .’ was about. One little girl said, ‘You shouldn’t take pets home without asking your mom.’”

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The Gift of Charity

“And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.” – I CORINTHIANS 13:13

James C. Christensen’s beautiful Holiday Angel series celebrates gifts worthy of angels — love, peace, life, hope, music — as Christensen inspires us to live life to its full potential. “The Gift of Charity” is the greatest of gifts, granting us the ability to help others before ourselves; a gift as important during holiday time as it is throughout the year.

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Madonna with Two Angels

The subject of “Madonna with Two Angels” is Mary, mother of Jesus, flanked by angels. The models for Mary and the angels might have been the Master’s patrons, as it was customary at the time for the wealthy to request portraits that incorporated characteristics of saints or angels. This devotional piece would have hung in a private home to inspire prayer. Perhaps it was part of a family’s altar. This limited edition is framed to match the stunning beauty of the original framed art.

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The Bride

Master storyteller James C. Christensen’s “The Bride” is a beautifully detailed homage to the traditions and folklore of the wedding day. The stage for this joyous vision in a pastel palate is set in a Christensen fantasy world, as we join a maiden and her unusual wedding party sailing into destiny. Richly layered nuptial symbolism awaits your discovery: something old (the ruins in the background), something new (the egg on the pillow), something borrowed (a tan girl from Baroque artist Diego Velázquez), something blue (the flowing ribbon in the bride’s hair, a symbol of purity from ancient Israel. That’s only the beginning! Much like the art of marriage itself, Christensen’s “The Bride” promises years of unfolding pleasures.

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Cecilia

This stunning, decorative piece, explores the texture, surface and richness of paint – and just happens to be named for the artist’s newest grandchild, Cecilia. Following in the footsteps of Saint with White Sleeves, Isabella and Sleeper, and Lost in Dreams. What’s particularly special about Cecilia is her exquisite gold enhancement.

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Sleeper Lost in Dreams

“In dreams, it is said that wings represent a release of creative forces, that they give us the ability to understand and transcend the human condition,” Christensen says of “Sleeper, Lost in Dreams.” “In religion, wings appear on angels, faeries, spirits and demons. In mythology, winged creatures are often messengers of the gods; they are a symbol of freedom and spirituality and a character having one wing is said to be lost in dreams.”

Following in the tradition of his previous four bronze sculptures, we present “Sleeper, Lost in Dreams.” Meticulously crafted and superbly detailed, this sculpture is sure to grace the lives of collectors for generations to come.

Weight: Approx. 45 lbs

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Finding Fish

Elegant and captivating are the two hallmarks you should expect of any James Christensen Hand-Tinted Original Stone Lithograph. “Finding Fish” is an excellent companion to Christensen’s “When Faeries Talk with Fishes”. In James’ visual vocabulary, a floating fish connotes the presence of “magic,” the type of which he leaves for you to define. Stone lithography is considered an original art form because the image itself is created on the stone before the lithograph is made. Each lithograph of “Finding Fish” will be hand-colored by the ubiquitous Magic Fish Studio so each will be slightly different and completely unique.

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Saint with White Sleeves

In “Saint with White Sleeves,” the halo suggests a saint, yet the white sleeves hint at angel’s wings.

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The Listener
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Isabella

This striking portrait is the likeness of Isabella Grimaldi, a patrician of the arts. The character of Isabella was born from the world of Saints and Angels, James Christensen’s exploration and creation of an alter-ego, an obscure Flemish painter known only as The Master of the Enoch Altarpiece.

“The Master was able to make a living only through the support of his patrons, and Isabella was one of the foremost patricians of his entire career,” explains James. “It was customary at the time for the wealthy to request their portraits take on the literal characteristics of angels. With Isabella, her wings suggested much more to the Master, as she served as a inspiration in his calling. The love of art and encouragement of promising talent is a dance which allows this circle of creation to persevere.”

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Once Upon a Time

“With Once Upon a Time,” Christensen brings life to the rich and delightful creatures who filled his imagination as a child. The wise, magical storyteller tells his astonishing fables to the wondrous characters who are usually in those fables.

“I’ve made up characters, but I’ve also drawn some of them from art and literature,” explains Christensen. “‘The Lord of the Rings’ remind us that adults are interested in fantasy, too.” And James pays tribute to Ian Ballantine, the publisher who popularized “The Lord of the Rings” in the United States by releasing it in paperback. “He is the keybearer on the right. In a sense, he brought me this talisman.”

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The Messenger

Elegant and captivating are two of the measures we set for any James Christensen Hand-Tinted Original Stone Lithograph and with “The Messenger,” he’s delivered. Is she an angel or is she human; is she from the past, present or future; she has armor, but is she a warrior; how do the key and the rose assist in unlocking the enigma of “The Messenger?”

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St. Nicholas of Myra

Nicholas flourished in the 4th century as Bishop of Myra in Asia Minor and is universally recognized as the model for our modern day Santa Claus. He is a figure about which there are more legends than facts. Patron saint of sailors, one legend tells of him appearing to storm-tossed mariners who invoked his aid and were brought safely to port. In the Low Countries of Europe, stories of his generosity were legendary and gave rise to the custom of exchanging gifts in his name.

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Faery Tales

Across the sea of imagination, in the land of “Once Upon a Time,” there exists the island home of “Faery Tales.” James Christensen gives us a glimpse into the daily life of twenty-four of the world’s most popular stories. The Emperor is resplendent in his new clothes, Cinderella dances with her Prince, the Three Bears return home to find an unexpected guest and Rapunzel lets her hair down. How many others do you recognize?

All generations of any family can find common ground in this bright and cheery ode to the ever fascinating, fantasy world of our youth. Teach your children or grandchildren your favorites and learn some new ones at the same time! Included with each print or canvas is a key to all the faery tales in the image. Enjoy!

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Faith, Hope and Charity

Inspired by a recent mural project, James Christensen set out on an awfully big adventure. Wanting to do something grand and romantic while exploring the texture, surface and richness of paint, James chose for his subject three of Paul’s greatest virtues – in the form of three women. “This piece is a little bit of a departure,” Jim says. “But these gifts of the spirit are important qualities for us to remind each other about.” The words in gold leaf identify the three as their names appear in the original Greek Biblical text.

“And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three;

but the greatest of these is charity.” – I Corinthians 13:13

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Sleeper Lost in Dreams

“We are, each of us, angels with only one wing.
And we can only fly embracing each other.”

— Luciano De Crescenzo

In dreams, it is said that wings represent a release of creative forces, that they give us the ability to understand and transcend the human condition. In religion, wings appear on angels, fairies, spirits and demons. In mythology, winged creatures are often messengers of the gods; they are a symbol of freedom and spirituality and a character having one wing is said to be lost in dreams. This release from James C. Christensen has the power to both provoke and inspire.

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Portrait with Red Berries

“By divine accident, this splendid impression of beauty, fleeting and frail, shall forever remain the embodiment of grace.” – Anonymous

There are times when a brief passing moment can hold a special place in our subconscious. Seeing someone for the first time can be such an occasion. And although the view may have lasted only an instant, our mind has a way of filling in what the eye didn’t see, creating an impression that can linger forever . . . .

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When Faeries Talk to Fishes

From the Magic Fish Studio, the home of James Christensen, comes this sophisticated yet whimsical piece of fine art. It sprang to life as an unfinished verse in the artist’s sketchbook:

“When Faeries talk with Fishes, both express their wishes

When Fishes talk to Faeries, the conversation varies . . . .”

Soon a drawing appeared above the unfinished lines of the poem. The magic of the initial muse carried over into the decision to create the work as an original stone lithograph. It is a stone lithograph because James actually drew the image on a 300 lb. limestone. This is all the more impressive considering the image is created in reverse onto the stone. The image is transferred from the stone onto a sheet of fine watercolor paper by hand on a lithographic press. The final stone lithograph is considered an original because this image does not exist as we see it until the lithograph is produced.

Hand-tinting original stone lithographs predates color printing. That the color work on each is added by hand enhances the concept of each being an original; no two are exactly alike. Further, we are able to offer the lithograph tinted with either amber or pastel hues.

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Mary

Mary, the mother of Jesus, takes a quiet moment to thank her father in heaven for the greatest gift of all.

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The Fish Walker
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Joseph and Jesus

Mary is always pictured holding the infant, Jesus. Since Joseph is the earthly father, it is only natural to assume that he, too, would hold his son.

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The Gift of Life

“A baby is God’s opinion that life should go on.” — Carl Sandburg

Perhaps the finest capacity we have been granted as humans is to bring new life into this world. As parents, grandparents or brothers and sisters we all have had the chance to experience the wonder and joy inspired by the birth of a new child. The heart of Christmas is the celebration of the birth of Christ. “The Gift of Life,” the first in our third set of Holiday Angels, serves as a subtle reminder that the miracle of every birth is a gift from heaven.

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Darius the Camel

“Camelus Dromedarius” (that’s one hump, not two), the “ship of the desert.” So important were camels to life and travels in the deserts of the Middle East that in the language of the Bedouin the words for “camel” translate to “God’s gift.” It seems fitting that a caravan of beasts so aptly named would have transported these gift-bearing wise men as they followed the star that foretold the birth of the messiah. Our particular camel was so valued by his owner that he was named for the great Persian king, Darius I and was the only camel in the train allowed to sleep in his owner’s tent.

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Fishing

“Fishing is fun,” Christensen says. “It’s a gentle poke at myself, my colleages and other people who constantly fish in the same old bucket rather than explore new waters.” Popular Christensen artistic touches are here in abundance, including the ornate costumes, and, of course, the trademark fish, symbolizing the fantastic made real.

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The Gift of Knowledge

“The Gift of Knowledge” is the second in the third set of James’ Holiday Angel collection. Through this beautiful series, James explores gifts worthy of angels — encouraging us to live life to its full potential. “The Gift of Knowledge” grants us the ability to value the world and its many wonders. Coupled with the knowledge of our Savior’s birth, we celebrate the joyous holiday season with songs of praise and thanksgiving.

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The Shepherd’s Wife & Child

The characters found in James C. Christensen’s Nativity pay tribute to those found in the traditional créche while taking on qualities important to James —such as family. The Bible tells of the shepherds, who were watching over their flocks of sheep when a choir of angels appeared to them singing “Glory to God.” The angels tell the shepherds to follow a bright star to Bethlehem, where they would find the newborn savior asleep in a manger. Rather than head directly to Bethlehem, this shepherd went home and gathered his wife and child, thus making this incredible journey as a family. This touching addition to the story of our Savior’s birth is an inspiration to us all.

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The Shepherd

The characters found in James C. Christensen’s Nativity pay tribute to those found in the traditional créche while taking on qualities important to James—such as family. The Bible tells of the shepherds, who were watching over their flocks of sheep when a choir of angels appeared to them singing “Glory to God.” The angels tell the shepherds to follow a bright star to Bethlehem, where they would find the newborn savior asleep in a manger. Rather than head directly to Bethlehem, this shepherd went home and gathered his wife and child, thus making this incredible journey as a family. This touching addition to the story of our Savior’s birth is an inspiration to us all.

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The Gift of Love

“Believing in angels,” Christensen says, “can help ease our burdens . . .” and there is no greater source of comfort than the gift of love. Fine art porcelain. Second in a second series of holiday angels.

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The Gift of Hope
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The Gift of Music
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Round John Virgin

If the name of the new addition to James C. Christensen’s beloved Nativity sounds familiar, it’s probably because the Christmas carol “Silent Night” is humming in your head. It was during a Christmas past that one of the Christensen children misheard one of the song’s lyrics and asked “Who’s round John?” Not missing this creative opportunity, James developed a new character for the crèche, the portly soul aptly named “Round John Virgin.” And who is this jolly fellow? He’s the innkeeper, doing his best to accommodate this young family and provide them with all the comfort he can on this most celebrated of nights.

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