Billy Graham was a beloved American evangelist who was considered one of the most influential Christian leaders of the 20th century.
He held large rallies with sermons broadcast to millions of people throughout the world.
It is estimated that at least 3.2 million people have responded to the invitation from the Billy Graham Crusades to "accept Jesus Christ as their personal Savior."
Billy Graham has also been a spiritual advisor to every president since Harry Truman.
To be able to paint a picture is fine, but I believe the greatest talent one can possess is the ability to preach the Gospel with power. Nothing has a greater influence upon humanity than the Gospel of Jesus Christ; and Billy Graham was blessed with this gift.
We will miss him.
Jon McNaughton is an established artist from Utah whose new paintings have attracted the international attention of millions over the last few years. Highly detailed religious and patriotic subjects are the focus of his paintings. The artist’s experiences and faith are the inspiration for his work.
“I have traveled to many places around the world to know my subjects, but when I work on a painting with many figures I will usually pose models and photograph them and then paint them as I see them in my mind. I choose to paint from the heart and evoke my personal vision into each painting.”
“I prefer to paint pictures that I believe have relevance to what is going on in the world, that make a statement, that stand for something. I hope people will study the paintings and try to understand the deeper meaning. Some of the themes are controversial, but I feel strongly about what is happening in our world today. There are three kinds of people who view my paintings: Those who like it, those who hate it, and those who simply don’t understand. I am especially interested in this last category. I hope my work will create conversation and reach people on a deeper level. I like to use metaphor and multiple levels of meaning to reach my viewer. If it makes them think and feel, then it is successful.”
"When I first saw Jon McNaughton's patriotic, faith, and Americana art I thought of Norman Rockwell and knew he was America's Artist for our current generation and crisis. Just as Rockwell painted inspiration into his scenes giving meaning and hope to Americans during the Great Depression, World War Two years and after, Jon McNaughton offers the same hope and inspiration for Americans facing moral, cultural, and political crisis today." - James Michael Pratt / New York Times Best Selling Author