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Latter-day Saint Temple Paintings

Banner image of a watercolor painting of the Gilbert Arizona Temple.

LDS Temples are sacred, timeless places of worship. They provide a place of peace, inspiration, and refuge from the noise and chaos of everyday life. At Altus, we have an enormous gallery of temple photography. But for this blog, we wanted to focus on the painting medium, as it brings a unique touch and insight into what the temple is. These watercolors, oil paints, and even artistic geometric reimaginings masterfully capture the essence of each temple.


Enjoy this special selection from our gallery. See your favorite temple? Or artist? Let us know in the comments!

Temple Paintings by Abigale Palmer 

Abigale Palmer’s paintings have a soft touch to them, not only in the brushstrokes but also in the colors she chooses and the subjects she chooses to paint. You may be familiar with her collection of motherhood-themed art, full of the same devotion and heart that she brings to her portrayals of different Latter-day Saint temples.

Impressionist style painting of Mount Timpanogos Temple outlined in a gold color.

Mount Timpanogos Temple - In the Shadow by Abigale Palmer

Stiff architecture is not always easy to capture in watercolor but Abigale does a lovely job. We love this peaceful, calming painting of the Mount Timpanogos Temple.

Impressionist type painting of the Draper Temple. The temple is outlined in a gold color.

Draper Temple by Abigale Palmer

Full of bright color, this Draper temple painting highlights the sense of hope that this sacred building brings to those who enter its doors.

Painting of the Logan Temple. The temple and trees is outlined in a gold color.

Logan Temple - In the Rain by Abigale Palmer

Regardless of the rainy days that we face in life, the promises that we make with God remind us that one day the sun will shine again.

Simple painting of the Manti Temple on a green hill.

Manti Temple - On a Hill by Abigale Palmer

The Manti Utah Temple has a unique architecture that easily draws the eye. This painting is a beautiful tribute to this historic building.

Painting of the Brigham City Temple angled toward the sky.

Brigham City Temple - At Dusk by Abigale Palmer

Angled toward the Heavens, this view of the Brigham City Temple illustrates a key purpose of the temple: to turn our gaze toward the things of eternity.

Painting of the Ogden Temple. It is outlined in a gold color.

Ogden Temple - Rock in the Storm by Abigale Palmer

This eye-catching piece is full of deep colors and visual contrast. The title reminds us that we can always find shelter from today’s storms in the temple.

Painting of the St. George Temple outlined in a gold color against a blue sky.

St. George - Don't Look Around, Look Up by Abigale Palmer

The title of Abigale’s painting summarizes, in large part, the message of the temple. Like Peter walking on water, our focus must not remain on the raging storms but rather on the Savior.

Textured painting of Salt Lake Temple against a brown backdrop framed by a pattern of white lilies.

Salt Lake Temple - Heritage of Women by Abigale Palmer

The early members of the church put a lot of sacrifice into the temple construction, not the least of which were the women. This painting honors their legacy.

Impressioinist style painting of the Salt Lake Temple surrounded by autumn leaves.

Salt Lake Temple - In Autumn by Abigale Palmer

This painting is full of autumn colors and sunshine. The bright yellows, oranges, and reds surround the Salt Lake Temple, making for a cheerful piece.

Simple painting of the Oquirrh Mountain Temple outlined in a gold color.

Oquirrh Mountain Temple by Abigale Palmer

Standing proudly against a clear sky, this painting highlights the purity so important to the sacred, dedicated ground of the temple.

Painting of the Payson Temple surrounded by bushes and flowers.

Payson Temple by Abigale Palmer

LDS temple grounds are always full of greenery and life. The bushes and flowers surrounding the Payson temple in this picture give it a springtime feel.

Painting of the Provo Temple standing against textured mountain.

Provo Temple - The Morning Breaks by Abigale Palmer

There is something open and honest about the desert landscape. The array of tans and browns against the white temple walls make for a stunning painting.  

Impressionist watercolor painting of the San Diego Temple.

San Diego California Temple - Watercolor by Abigale Palmer

Abigale takes an impressionist-like style to this painting of the San Diego Temple. With the fairytale-esque steeples and soft colors, it looks like something out of a pleasant dream.

Painting of the Washington DC Temple standing behind a red berries.

Washington DC Temple - In the Spring by Abigale Palmer

This modern style painting of the Washington DC Temple takes a more cinematic approach with the red flowers in the foreground. It is a beautiful composition perfect for any home.

Impressionist watercolor painting of the Mount Timpanogos temple.

Mount Timpanogos Temple - Watercolor by Abigale Palmer

Stiff architecture is not always easy to capture in watercolor but Abigale does a lovely job. We love this peaceful, calming painting of the Mount Timpanogos Temple.

Temple Paintings by Anne Bradham

Anne Bradham’s detailed artwork graces many homes and public collections. She is painstaking in capturing realistic landscapes and stunning angles, making each unique temple painting a stunning masterpiece. Enjoy her calming color palettes as you explore temples from all around the United States.

Detailed painting of the Atlanta Temple.

Atlanta Temple by Anne Bradham

The Manti Utah Temple has a unique architecture that easily draws the eye. This painting is a beautiful tribute to this historic building.

Painting of Birmingham Temple surrounded by trees and red flowerbeds.

Birmingham Temple by Anne Bradham

A commission for a friend, this peaceful portrayal of the Birmingham Temple now brings inspiration to many individuals and families who feel a special connection to this particular Latter-day Saint temple.

Detailed painting of the Boston Temple on a hill.

Boston Temple by Anne Bradham

Perky flowers and blue skies always make for a pretty temple pictures. We love this sunshiney painting of the Boston Temple.

Detailed painting of Bountiful Temple on a clear day.

Bountiful Temple by Anne Bradham

This detailed watercolor shows the Bountiful Temple grounds in all their lovelines. Clean, clear, and full of life the grounds welcome all who want to learn more about Christ’s restored gospel.

Painting of the Denver Temple in the distance behind a circle of decroative pavement and flowerbeds.

Denver Temple by Anne Bradham

Painted with her devout brother in mind, this summertime image of the Denver Temple emphasizes the breathtaking Colorado skies.

Painting of the New Raleigh Temple with pink blossom trees.

New Raleigh Temple by Anne Bradham

Spring is in the air in the New Raleigh Temple painting. The pink blossoms and green stretches of grass surround the pristine walls, creating a scene as refreshing as the start of a new day.

Detailed painting of the Draper Temple with a mountain landscape.

Draper Temple by Anne Bradham

Here, Anne focuses on clarity. She chose a view where both the Draper temple and the valley were in clear sight. But it also symbolizes the clarity of an eternal perspective.

Watercolor painting of the Gilbert Temple against a orange sunrise.

Gilbert Arizona Temple by Anne Bradham

Many might see the desert as plain and colorless, but in the eyes of an artist that is not so. Capturing something of the breathtaking Arizona sunrises and sunsets, Anne fills her painting with expression.

Watercolor painting of the Houston Temple behind a flowing fountain.

Houston Texas Temple by Anne Bradham

This painting captures the gorgeous entrance to the Houston Temple, complete with flowerbeds and fountain.

Painting of Jordan River temple on a grassy hill.

Jordan River Temple by Anne Bradham

The detail of the architecture contrasted with the flowing clouds and soft foliage make this Latter-day Saint temple painting visually interesting. It’s an impressive tribute to the Jordan River area.

Painting of the Logan Temple on a green hill.

Logan Temple by Anne Bradham

Unlike most LDS temples, which are built with white-colored stonework, the Logan temple has more of a brown tone to it. Anne captured this unique building and the surrounding grounds beautifully.

Painting of Manhattan Temple surrounded by cityscape against a watercolor sky.

Manhattan Temple by Anne Bradham

For the Manhattan Temple, there are no stretches of lawn or overflowing rows of flowers. It stands proudly on a street corner in the middle of the city and has a more modern look than most. We love the way Anne includes the color of the busy surroundings.

Painting of the Los Angeles Temple on a green hill with trees.

Los Angeles California Temple by Anne Bradham

Los Angeles is a gorgeous part of the United States, full of striking cityscapes and palm trees. This painting captures the mediterranean greenery so characteristic of the area. 

Painting of the Manti Temple on a hill beneath a blue sky.

Manti Temple by Anne Bradham

Anne’s painting of the Manti Temple is the picture of serenity with the rolling hills and gentle clouds.

Painting of the Mount Timpanogos Temple surrounded by green and purple trees.

Mount Timpanogos Temple by Anne Bradham

Anne was immediately taken by the Mount Timpanogos Temple and its grounds, taking pictures from all different angles. She eventually decided on this one for her painting, wanting to capture a sense of the majesty.

Trimmed hedges and flowerbeds surround the Nashville TEmple.

Nashville Temple by Anne Bradham

The Nashville Temple is not one of the largest Latter-day Saint Temples, but that certainly does not make it any less stunning. We love Anne’s artistic portrayal.

Lush foliage encircling the Newport Beach Temple.

Newport Beach Temple by Anne Bradham

The misty purples and greens that cover the hills in this piece make the perfect backdrop for the Newport Beach Temple.

Painting of the Ogden Temple and grounds on a clear day.

Ogden Temple by Anne Bradham

Clean and crisp, this Ogden Temple painting is actually angled from the back of the building, looking toward the mountains.

Painting of the Payson Temple and grounds on a clear day.

Payson Temple by Anne Bradham

The artist described the Payson temple as both “calming and captivating”. We think the same of her heartfelt painting.

Orlando Temple painting standing behind flowing fountains.

Orlando Temple by Anne Bradham

This is one of the few temple paintings where Anne includes the fountains. Orlando’s subtropical climate makes for beautiful landscapes, which she captures here.

Painting of the Oquirrh Mountain Temple surrounded by bushes and trees.

Oquirrh Mountain Temple by Anne Bradham

This is the first vertical Latter-day Saint temple painting that Anne did. She wanted to create the sense of rising to greater heights, which is how she feels when she visits any temple.

Philadelphia Pennsylvania temple painting with green and purple trees lining the walkway.

Philadelphia Pennsylvania Temple by Anne Bradham

This painting has more muted colors compared to some of the previous we’ve listed. But it gives it its own tranquil sort of appeal that we love.

Detailed paintings of the Provo City Center Temple against the mountains

Provo City Center Temple by Anne Bradham

Reconstructed from the Provo tabernacle after it was damaged in a fire, the Provo City Center Temple holds a special place in the hearts of many members of the Church, including Anne’s.

Redland Temple painting. Palm trees are surrounding it.

Redlands Temple by Anne Bradham

This bright and cheerful painting of the Redlands Temple mirrors the bright and happy event in the artist’s life when her son and daughter-in-law were married in this very building.

Detailed painting of the Salt Lake Temple rising above the trees.

Salt Lake City Temple by Anne Bradham

Much time and sacrifice went into the construction of the Salt Lake Temple. In this painting, it rises victoriously above the trees as a beacon to all that God still speaks to His children.

Painting of a grassy walkway leading up to the San Diego Temple.

San Diego California Temple by Anne Bradham

The San Diego temple looks like something out of a fairytale with its tiered steeples and mirror-like symmetry.

Washington Temple rising above the trees.

Washington DC Temple by Anne Bradham

And finally we’ll finish this section of the blog off with the temple native to the area where the artist grew up. She was married in this temple, making this painting particularly special to her collection.

Temple Paintings by Madison Wardle

Madison Wardle breathes fresh, new life into traditional LDS temple paintings. Her modern, minimalist take on each of the pieces she has completed is popular with youth and young families. If you are looking for something that is inspiring without being intimidating, her artwork is a great option for gifts and home decor.

Geometric painting of the Draper Temple.

Draper Temple by Madison Wardle

Geometric painting of the Oquirrh Mountain Temple.

Oquirrh Mountain Temple by Madison Wardle

Geometic painting of the Provo City Center Temple.

Provo City Center Temple - Geometric by Madison Wardle

Geometric painting of the Newport Beach Temple.

Newport Beach California Temple - Geometric by Madison Wardle

Geometric painting of the Salt Lake Temple.

Salt Lake Temple - Geometric by Madison Wardle

Geometric painting of the St. George Temple.

St. George Utah Temple - Geometric by Madison Wardle

Geometric painting of the San Diego Temple on a hill.

San Diego California Temple - Geometric by Madison Wardle

Temple Paintings by Laura Wilson

Laura Wilson’s watercolors of fresh springtime scenes are full of color and life. She has a way of capturing not only what each temple looks like, but also what it feels like to stand on the grounds. Even in the dead of winter when the flowerbeds are not overflowing and fountains are not running, the peace and hope is the same.

Detailed painting of colorful flowerbeds surrounding the Salt Lake Temple rising up into the sky. Birds fly around the steeples.

Salt Lake Temple by Laura Wilson

Detailed watercolor painting of the Bountiful Temple with tulips in the foreground.

Bountiful Temple by Laura Wilson

Portland Temple framed by flowers and trees. Birds flying around the steeples.

Portland Temple by Laura Wilson

Peaceful painting of the St. George Temple behind a decorative gate. Birds soar above in the sky.

St. George Temple by Laura Wilson

San Diego Temple Standing proudly in the sunlight. Yellow flowers are in the foreground.

San Diego Temple by Laura Wilson

Painting of the Mount Timpanogos Temple standing behind colorful flowerbeds.

Mount Timpanogos Temple by Laura Wilson

Temple Paintings by Eric Dowdle

Eric Dowdle has a style all his own. With the immense amount of color and detail, Eric’s temple paintings have a fun, playful tone. It is no wonder he has taken to creating puzzles, a medium that fits his artwork perfectly. Eric studies his subject matter in-depth, regardless of what it is. So each of his LDS temple pictures also includes important historical details not always present in more modern depictions.

Painting of early Nauvoo with the temple on a hill.

Nauvoo Illinois Temple by Eric Dowdle

Painting of early Salt Lake City.

Salt Lake Temple Square by Eric Dowdle

Painting of early Manti Utah with the temple on the hill.

Manti Utah Temple by Eric Dowdle

Temple Paintings by Greg Collins

No two pieces by Greg Collins are alike. Each LDS temple painting or photo has its own personality, medium, angle, lighting, and insight. These are a few from his gallery that we think are particularly inspiring. We love the different textures of the brushstrokes, especially with architectural subject matter that often requires strict, straight lines to be easily recognized.

Clear painting of the Washington DC Temple.

Washington DC Temple - Pierce the Heavens by Greg Collins

Painting of the Seattle Temple with an American Flag flying in the wind.

Seattle Temple - US Flag by Greg Collins

Salt Lake Temple rising into the sky toward the light.

Salt Lake Temple - Brightly Beams by Greg Collins

More Latter-day Saint Temple Artwork

The artists of these three notable temple paintings do not always choose painting or temples as their focus, but the blog would not be complete without them. Kelsy's and Jesse have a gift for unique lighting that shines through in every piece of artwork, and we love the simple yet profound sense of security and gratitude in Rex and Linda's paintings. Mandy uses lush flowerbeds in all of temple pictures and we just adore the cheerful colors in her painting of the Idaho Falls Temple. Do you have a favorite style?

Manti Temple rising above the trees.

Manti Temple - Sunrise by Linda Curley Christensen

Star Valley Temple rising above the mountains.

Star Valley Temple by Rex Price

Provo City Center Temple standing in the fog.

Provo City Center Temple - Sunrise Detail by Kelsy and Jesse

Painting of the Idaho Falls Temple surrounded by tulips.

Idaho Falls Temple - Tulips by Mandy Jane Williams

To see more work by the artists mentioned in this blog, visit our online store! And for more Latter-day Saint Temple artwork and photography, you might also like:


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