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To the Rescue: Jesus Walking On Water

A painting of Jesus walking on water hanging over a black and white couch.

Robert A. Boyd is well known for his breathtaking LDS Temple photography. However, he is also a very talented painter. At Altus, we are proud to host several of his paintings featuring sacred landscapes and pictures of Jesus Christ. 


For this blog, we wanted to highlight one of his newer pieces: “To the Rescue”.

About the Artist

Robert has been a professional photographer since 1995, traveling the world photographing for clients. His work has won multiple awards including the national 2004 PPA Photographer of the Year Award and the 2005 Uta Best of State Award.


He instills his photography with a sense of peace, light, and balance which may be one of the reasons Temple photography has become a deep passion for him. A Utah native, Robert currently resides in Houston Texas with his wife and their five children.

To the Rescue

Our paintings and photos of Jesus walking on water have become some of the most popular in our collection, especially in the past few years. Perhaps this is because many of us can relate to the feeling of trying to cross crashing waves and push through angry winds. We live in unique times full of natural disasters, conflicting voices, mental illness, broken families, and a shared uneasiness about the future. 


The image of Jesus walking on water is calming and reassuring. It reminds us that we can always rely on the strength of our Savior. It reminds us that as we keep Him the focus of our lives, we do not need to fear the raging storms around us. As the apostle Paul taught: 


“In all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord” (Romans 8:37-39).

Painting of Jesus walking on water beneath the bright light of the moon.

To the Rescue by Robert Boyd

This particular painting stands out for multiple reasons. For one, the waves in the image are are actual photograph of the sea of Galilee during the evening. Robert used the image to add realism to the scene.


Second, the pale moon hanging in the sky is one of the first things thing to catch the eye. It shines down on Jesus, who crosses the sea with nothing but a calm certainty in his expression. It is an artistic contrast to the dark clouds and waves surrounding the apostle’s ship. The ship itself sits at a slightly diagonal angle whereas the figure of Jesus Christ is strong and balanced. Similarly, when we feel like our lives are off-kilter, we can look to the stabilizing influence of Jesus Christ. 


Robert puts a lot of heart into every aspect of the piece in a way that is not distracting but rather engaging. It flows together so nicely that it is easy to forget the handiwork and get lost in the scene itself and what it means for us as followers of Jesus Christ. 


What is your favorite part? We would love to hear about it in the comments below!

More Artwork by Robert Boyd

You may also recognize these stunning pictures from Robert's collection.

Photo of the Sacred Grove with sunlight shining down through the trees.

Sacred Grove - Radiant Beams by Robert A Boyd

Photo of the tall trees within the Sacred Grove.

Sacred Grove by Robert A Boyd

Moonlight shines over Jerusalem's wall and illuminates the olive trees in the Garden of Gethsemane.

Garden of Gethsemane by Robert A Boyd

A photo of Christ's tomb glowing from the inside.

The Garden Tomb by Robert A Boyd

A glowing white tree stands on a hill with sunlight and a waterfall in the background.

The Tree of LIfe by Robert A Boyd

A photo of a still water flowing beneath a stone bridge.

Pool of Bethseda by Robert A Boyd

Photo of a hill full of olive trees.

Mount of Olives by Robert A Boyd

Portrait of Jesus in a white robe.

Savior and Friend by Robert A Boyd

Painting of Jesus walking along a river.

Savior by Robert A Boyd

Jesus standing amid a flock of sheep. His hand is outstretched toward the viewer.

Gather Them In by Robert A Boyd

Jesus sitting on rocks by the seashore.

At the Sea of Galilee by Robert Boyd

Painting of sheep grazing beneath the Christmas star.

Shepherds Fields by Robert A Boyd

Painting of the Holy Family gathered together in a stable.

Nativity by Robert A Boyd

Robert Boyd LDS Temple Photography

While there is not enough room in a single blog post to cover the extent of Robert’s vast LDS Temple collection, we wanted to feature a few favorites here. He travels all around the world to capture each of these photos so there’s a fair chance you might find your temple in his gallery!

Salt Lake Temple surrounded by flourishing  trees and flowerbeds.

Salt Lake Temple - Eden by Robert A Boyd

Provo City Center Temple framed by green leafy trees.

Provo City Center Temple - Footsteps of Faith by Robert A Boyd

Fort Collins reflected in the pavement.

FORT COLLINS TEMPLE - EVENTIDE BY ROBERT A BOYD

Las Vegas Temple against an orange and blue sky.

Las Vegas Temple - The Spirit is Burning by Robert A Boyd

Provo Utah Temple against the mountains surrounded by autumn trees.

Provo Temple - Fall Gates by Robert A Boyd

Houston Temple surrounded by pink flowers and a blue reflection pool.

Houston Temple - A House of Peace by Robert A Boyd

Gilbert Temple behind a circular pattern of flowerbeds.

Gilbert Temple - A House of Peace by Robert A Boyd

Oquirrh Mountain Temple surrounded by colorful flowerbeds.

Oquirrh Mountain Temple - Spring Splendor by Robert A Boyd

Fort Collins Temple against an orange and yellow sunset.

Fort Collins Temple - Amber Sunset by Robert A Boyd

To see Robert Boyd’s entire collection, visit his Altus artist page! 


For more featured art pieces, you might also like:


New Release by Simon Dewey - Love's Pure Light


Within Our Grasp: Taking Jesus' Hand


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