Painting the Historical

Updated: Aug 23, 2018

This is a commissioned piece that depicts the witnessing of the gold plates by Mary Whitmer by the hand of Moroni appearing as an old man. The painting draws on multiple accounts of this event which happened in early June 1829 in Fayette New York. I was sent to the site to document the environs. My models are recent Russian immigrants who come from life circumstances very similar to the Whitmers.

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