Utah artist shares latest Bible-inspired work

By Robin Saville

Published 07/03 2014 09:23AM

Updated 07/06 2014 09:15PM

WEST JORDAN, Utah (ABC 4 Utah) -- Since 1998 a Utah painter has dedicated himself to his art.  Now his latest masterpiece depicts the biblical scene that he says people today can relate to.

“There are just a few representations of the Daniel and the lions den that were done in a realistic way, that showed a real lion or real lions and a real Daniel...something that was believable,” said Ken Corbett.

Ken loves art. This former Firefighter and father of seven says it's his family that encourages him to follow his dream. He says each piece of art he approaches with a certain vision.

“I have a vision of what I want it to be and what I want it to look like. As far as its going towards that and I'm being successful and achieving that vision and dream, then its going great.”

He says this latest piece represents faith and prayer.

“I believe God answers prayer, that he hears all of our prayers. And for this particular time it was important that Daniel be alive.”

From an ancient biblical story, to big cats in our own backyard, Corbett used a local scene to inspire him.

“If you've been to Hogle Zoo you might recognize the lions. I enjoyed how they were just perfectly posed underneath the trees for me.”

Each master piece is his best work...at least that's how it starts out.

“You go into a painting thinking this is the best painting you are ever going to do, and it's going to be a success and everyone is going to love it. And then every time, almost every time your disappointed at some point a long the journey. And then at the end you kind of say well okay, I'll try on my next one. Maybe that will be the one that everyone likes and that will be my best one.”

The detail of lighting is a large part of the meaning of this piece.

“There is even a more of a glow around him although he's not, it's not as if he is on fire or that he light is emanating from him. It's just all around him."

Another important detail will still be added to complete this canvas.

“I wanted to portray the angel that he has Daniel's back and that he is shutting the mouths of the lions. That's what it says in the scriptures.”

Corbett says the lions represent the challenges in our lives.

“I imagine myself sometimes as Daniel sitting around with the challenge or trials that I have faced at one time or another in my life. Sometimes they are even as dangerous, or at least appear to be as lions.”

To see more of Ken's paintings, check out his website: www.kencorbettart.com

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