Brent Borup strives to up­lift through his art

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Al­though Brent Borup had al­ways planned on be­ing an artist, it wasn’t un­til about four years ago that he be­gan to re­ally take that dream se­ri­ously. Up un­til that point, Borup had painted many sub­jects rang­ing from from lo­cal scenery to beau­ti­ful women. He said that most of his paint­ings were medi­ocre, and some were very good, but when he looked back at some of those early works, he thought, “Why did I paint that? What was the point? How did that piece of art­work re­ally con­trib­ute any­thing good to the world? How did that re­ally up­lift or in­spire any­body to make their life bet­ter? How did that paint­ing bring any­body closer to Christ? What is the point to my ca­reer choice if I’m not con­tribut­ing pos­i­tively to mankind?”

So, he made a change. As a mem­ber of The Church of Je­sus Christ of Lat­ter-day Saints, Borup de­cided to fo­cus on his re­li­gious be­liefs. He be­lieves that by so do­ing, he can up­lift oth­ers, help them make im­por­tant life choices and even bring them com­fort. Borup be­gan to paint por­traits of Je­sus Christ and pic­tures of LDS tem­ples, at first quite un­suc­cess­fully.

One day, while us­ing so­cial me­dia to spread the word about his art­work, Borup re­al­ized that he was fo­cus­ing on the wrong thing. He de­cided to stop fo­cus­ing on sell­ing and in­stead use his art­work to spread the mes­sages of the gospel of Je­sus Christ. While try­ing to up­lift oth­ers, he be­gan to see per­sonal suc­cess. Borup is now able to live his dream of be­ing a full-time, self-em­ployed artist. He re­cently took part in Springville’s Art City Days and Provo’s Free­dom Fes­ti­val. He will soon par­tic­i­pate in Span­ish Fork’s Fi­esta Days, Salem Days and Brigham Young Univer­sity’s Ed­u­ca­tion Week. You can view Borup’s art­work at www.brent­borup­stu­dio.com.

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