McNaughton Honors Boy Scouts, Mormon Church In Latest Work
SALT LAKE CITY (CBS Las Vegas) — Jon McNaughton is honoring the Boy Scouts of America and the Mormon Church in his latest painting.
The artist – who previously painted President Barack Obama trampling the Constitution and burning it – depicts in the painting Baden Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts, with presidents of the church sitting around a campfire.
“In 1913, the Boy Scouts of America joined together with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Days Saints in a partnership that has lasted for 100 years,” McNaughton states on his website. “I wanted to paint an image that for the first time reveals the relationship between Scouting and the Priesthood.”
The presidents of the church are dressed in Scout uniforms as McNaughton wanted to show awards they may have actually worn while “gathered together in unity.”
McNaughton describes the campfire as one that does not burn, instead illuminating.
“The purpose of Scouting is not only to develop honorable young men, but to prepare valiant priesthood holders,” McNaughton said.
The work can be purchased as a litho print or a Giclee canvas.
Earlier this year the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America voted to rescind its gay ban.