Walter Rane

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Walter Rane (born 1949) is an American artist who begin his career as primarily a book and magazine illustrator but now specializes in religious art.

Rane was raised in Southern California. He studied at the Art Center College of Design. He then worked in the New York City area but later moved to Salem, Oregon. While in New York City Rane illustrated such works as Meet Kit: An American Girl by Valerie Tripp.[1] He has also illustrated editions of Wallace Stegner's Recapitulation and Ellen Glasgow's In This Our Life. He also illustrated the Franklin Library 1978 edition of William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom.

A member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in the early 1990s the Church asked him to begin creating works of art on religious themes. Many of his works depict scenes described in the Book of Mormon while others focus on events in the life of Jesus Christ. He has also painted events from the life of Joseph Smith.

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Rane painted a mural at the LDS Visitors Center at Winter Quarters in Omaha, Nebraska. Many of his paintings appear in Salt Lake City, respectively in the LDS Conference Center adjacent to Temple Square, and in the Relief Society Building just west of the Church Office Building of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church). Additionally, over 30 unique paintings by Rane can be found in the Church History Museum adjacent Temple Square for sale as reproductions to the general public in the Museum Store as well as increasingly online, primarily from his print website www.walterraneprints.com [2]

Rane and his wife Linda are the parents of four children.

In 2006 Rane was the recipient of the Associate Directors award at the 21st annual Springville Museum of Art Spiritual and Religious Arts Show.[3] A retrospective of Rane's work was held at the Springville Museum of Art in 2013.[4]

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