Cortney C. Lunt

The artist, Cortney C. Lunt, attended Snow College in Ephraim, UT where her passion for art was first sparked. She was married to Marty Lunt in the Manti Temple in 1996. She then went to Southern Utah University in Cedar City, UT where she graduated in 1998 with a bachelor's degree in art. After that she became a full-time mom and a part time artist. She now resides in Fillmore, UT with her husband and four children, which is actually the area where she was raised.

Through the years, Cortney has done most of her paintings in watercolor, and her favorite things to paint have been temples and people. Along with the paintings that she has available as prints, she has done many commissioned portrait paintings. For the past few years she has been focusing more on oil painting, and has loved the new challenge. Her passion for art continues to grow, and she is very grateful for the opportunity to share her artwork with others.

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Abide The Day - Salt Lake Temple

Malachi 3:1-3

“Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord whom ye seek shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.

But who may abide the day of his coming? And who shall stand when he appeared? For he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:

And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.”

We need to be ready for when Christ comes (or “Abide the Day”) by doing our temple work.
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Abide The Day Manti Temple

I truly feel like the Lord had a hand in the inspiration for this temple painting. I had the idea come to me to do a painting of the temple with a very bright light coming in from the east. To me, the bright light represents the time when Christ will come again.

I did not know what the title was going to be, but I knew I wanted to somehow tie in the meaning. I was working on the painting in the park during the 4th of July, because I had a booth set up to display other temple prints that I have. A lady that I know came up to me as I was painting and asked me what the title of the painting was going to be. I said that I wasn’t sure. She told me that she had the thought come to her of “Abide the Day.” She said that she had started to write a song one time that the painting reminded her of. I said something like, “okay, I’ll think about it.” I wasn’t exactly sure what it meant.

When I went home I pulled out my scriptures and looked up the work “abide.” The scripture that I found was in Malachi 3:1-3.

“Behold, I will send my messenger, and he shall prepare the way before me: and the Lord whom ye seek shall suddenly come to his temple, even the messenger of the covenant, whom ye delight in: behold, he shall come, saith the LORD of hosts.

But who may abide the day of his coming? And who shall stand when he appeared? For he is like a refiner’s fire, and like fullers’ soap:

And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.”

I could hardly believe how perfectly it fit the painting. I later talked to the lady who shared the title idea with me and told her my story. She told me that when she saw me painting, she had the thought come to her to tell me that title. She said at first she didn’t think that she should because since I was the artist I probably didn’t need the suggestion. But then the thought came to her again. I know that she was prompted by the spirit.

I later discovered that versions of that same scripture are in other places. One of them is D&C 128:24. At the end of the scripture it says “Let us, therefore, as a church and a people, and as Latter-day Saints, offer unto the Lord an offering in righteousness; and let us present in his holy temple, when it is finished, a book containing the records of our dead, which shall be worthy of all acceptation.

We need to be ready for when Christ comes (or “Abide the Day”) by doing our temple work.
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After Practice

This painting captures the moment after a child finished practicing the piano. Before practicing the piano he had just gotten done with baseball practice and had set his ball and mitt on the floor. It shows that there can be a balance between sports and music in a child’s life.
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Blossoming Faith

I love blossoms on trees in the spring time. They can symbollize our growing faith. Each time we attend the temple, our faith can blossom.
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Forget Me Not

I was so inspired by Pres. Uchtdorf’s talk in the 2011 General Women’s Conference that I decided to do a painting based on it. The title is “Forget Me Not,” and he uses the little forget-me-not flower as a metaphor. The five petals represent five things we would be wise never to forget. First, forget not to be patient with yourself. Second, forget not the difference between a good sacrifice and a foolish sacrifice. Third, forget not to be happy now. Fourth, forget not the “why” of the gospel. Fifth, forget not that the Lord loves you. If you haven’t seen or read it, you must!

In my painting, the girl represents all womanhood. She is on the path of life, and is focusing on the little forget-me-not flowers instead of the other large, vibrant flowers around her. We need to focus on Pres. Uchtdorf’s counsel. The roses in the painting start out red, and gradually become lighter along the path until they become white. This is symbolic of the purification process of life. There are five stones on the path of life before the gate, and these also remind us of the five “forget-me-nots.” The fence and the gate represent the veil, and beyond that the forget-me-nots and the path continue into a representation of “heaven.” Our ultimate goal is to make it to the light, and we can do it by focusing on the little forget-me-nots.
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Lilies Of The Field

“Lilies of the Field”



Matthew 6:25-33 says:

“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?

Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?

Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?

And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:

And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.

Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? Or, What shall we drink? Or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?

(For after all these things do the Gentiles seek: ) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.

But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”



The Lord knows each one of our needs. Do we trust him in all things, or are we of little faith? In the Joseph Smith Translation of Matthew 6:33 it says "Wherefore, seek not the things of this world but seek ye first to build up the kingdom of God, and to establish his righteousness..." If we are seeking first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness, then the Lord will bless us with everything that we need. The Lord takes care of the "Lilies of the Field," and he will take care of us.
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