I recently discovered a great contemporary religious artist by the name of Joseph F. Brickey. I have not seen such exquisitely beautiful works since the great neo-classical artists of the 19th Century: i.e Bouguereau, Ingres, and Alma-Tadema. His technique is unequaled in today’s art field. This is certainly due to innate talent, but also shows many years of intense training. His art would be labeled as sentimental by many, but I find it an extraordinary throwback to the great European academic painters who believed that art and beauty were the ideal. Brickly also is a return to the artist-craftsman that breaks the modern bohemian stereotype of the artist as libertine. Brickey is a member of the LDS Church and many of his works reflect that, but everything listed under the Biblical Subjects section of his web-site is awesome.