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Emily McPhie - Windows of Heaven -  LIMITED EDITION CANVAS Published by the Greenwich Workshop

          Windows of Heaven
by Emily McPhie

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Limited Edition of: 75
Image Size: 18"w x 16"h.
Published: October 2010

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I remember the day my mom left, Gavin went to work, and I was left alone with my two year old little girl and my two week old baby. As I ventured downstairs to make lunch for the first time as a mother of two, I was thinking wild thoughts about the craziness babies bring. I was thinking, "Who in their right minds would choose to have a baby. Considering the money and time they require. Considering all the lost opportunities, adventures not taken, ambitions set aside as the world practically stops turning." I thought the idea must come from on high, divine intervention to override the insanity of voluntarily asking for all this.

At about this point, I set a sandwich in front of my darling daughter and she looked at me up through her thick long lashes with her big blue eyes. She didn't say or do anything, just looked at me for a second. It hit me so hard, it took my breath away and brought instant tears to my eyes. It was as if the windows of heaven opened through her eyes and poured out its love and light on me. All I could choke out was, "Oh. OK." My question was answered and I understood completely.

Children are a precious gift. It is an honor and our privilege to be their custodian for a time. I want to remember this every day. I want to feel this every time they look at me. I want to give them so much love and treat them with the kindness that they deserve as children of our Heavenly Father.

To serve our children is one of the greatest gifts God has given us. I hope I captured that remembrance in this painting that I am calling "Windows of Heaven."

Emily McPhie
Emily Christensen McPhie was born in Utah in 1978 into the highly-artistic Christensen family. As a child, she toured the museums of the United States and Europe with her family. At each museum, Emily and her brothers and sisters were told they could choose a postcard as a souvenir, and young Emily's postcard collection quickly filled with early American portraits and Degas' studies of young dancers. The influence of these museum trips is apparent in Emily's portfolio of paintings. Growing up, the pursuit of art was second- nature for McPhie, who went on to win awards for art in high school and beyond. Emily graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts, with an emphasis in painting. Emily currently resides in Chandler, Arizona with her husband Gavin and daughters Cordelia Lavender, Clover Iona and Ezra Petunia. "Motherhood has brought out some pretty strong emotions and ideas," says McPhie. "Translating those thoughts and emotions into images gives me clarity, and I find I want to document them before my perception changes." Her daughters show every sign of following in their mother's footsteps. "Half my studio is theirs," she laughs. "They have their table and their easel and all their supplies. I find that they're in here even when I'm not. They just love it - they're very creative." Emily's original paintings are sold by Terzian Galleries in Park City, Utah, as well as on her website,


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