Leon Parson Alumni Webcast | "The Hand of the Lord in Italy and in His Holy Temple in Rome"
The Hand of the Lord In Italy: We will explore how the Lord has carefully watched over Italy. He has extended His hand in many remarkable ways beginning with the Apostle Paul up to today in accomplishing his work, including His holy temple in Rome.
Speaker Profile: Leon Parson | Department of Visual Art Faculty Member
Leon has lived in Rexburg, Idaho since moving from Provo, Utah with his family in 1954. He has earned three formal degrees in education: an Associate in Arts - Ricks College - Rexburg, Idaho (1974), a Bachelor of Fine Art - The Art Center College of Design - Pasadena, California (1977) and a Master of Fine Art - Syracuse University - Syracuse, New York (1985). As an educator he has taught art classes at Ricks College and BYU-Idaho for 37 years, ranging from design, color and head drawing to oil painting and developing online art courses.
As an illustrator, Leon has painted over 100 covers of magazine, books, periodicals, etc. As a wildlife artist, he has produced over 50 limited edition prints, two of which were honored among the national top ten prints for the years that they were released. He has been a Signature Member of the Society of Animal Artists, an international art guild of animal artists, for over 25 years. As a landscape painter, he has original paintings in LDS temples in: Vancouver, British Columbia, Gila Valley, Arizona, Laie, Hawaii, San Salvador, San Salvador, Calgary, Alberta and Manaus, Brazil. Leon has painted the murals for the Rexburg, Twin Falls and the Calgary, Alberta temples. He is currently painting the mural for the Rome, Italy Temple.
As a portrait painter, Leon has done portraits for the BYU-Idaho campus which include portraits of Ruth Barrus, President Ezra Taft Benson and President Gordon B. Hinckley. For the University of Utah, Leon has painted the portrait of President David W. Pershing and for BYU--President Cecil O. Samuelson. He has also painted eight portraits of members of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, the Salt Lake City Conference Center and of President Thomas S. Monson displayed in the Joseph Smith Memorial Building.
Leon served a Spanish speaking mission in Arizona, New Mexico and Nevada. He has served in three bishoprics, as a Bishop, Young Men's President, Stake High Councilor, Sunday School Gospel Doctrine Instructor, Varsity Scout Coach and in the Primary. In addition to serving in his ward, he has served assignments in the Boy Scouts of America in both district and council levels and has been a staff member at Cedar Badge and Wood Badge. Leon met his wife Kathryn McBride in an art class at Ricks College in 1973. They have been married 43 years and have seven children and 25 grandchildren. Leon believes that art is intended to communicate intellectually, emotionally and spiritually.