If Ye Love Me


This scripture is the 2019 theme for the youth of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and I had a request from a youth leader to create a piece using this short but powerful verse. Design challenges inherent in these words are the fact that there are few of them and that “commandments” is very long and “if” and “ye” are very short. I decided that I needed more text to work with and asked myself what commandments Jesus was talking about and included those. Two of my sons sang in a community choir that performed a piece with this text, a setting by Thomas Tallis that I have loved for years.


Digital print, 12×18”

Open edition


Original is 13.5×22”

Gouache, Finetec gold watercolor and Pigma pen on 140 lb. Arches hot press paper

The text is from John 14:15 with supporting text from Matthew 22:37, 39 and John 13:34.


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