Thursday, September 29, 2016

Queen Esther Painting Finished

Oil on illustration board, 8×10″, 2016
In the Old Testament, Queen Esther approaches King Ahasuerus, risking her life to save her people. Details can be found on my website.

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

I Have Seen My Lord


I just finished my latest painting, "I Have Seen My Lord". Oil on canvas, 36x48 inches.

In the early morning, Mary sits outside the garden tomb collecting her thoughts. The Savior has just left her after tenderly telling her of his resurrection. She is about to run and tell the world.

Thanks to Lori Hagey and Regina Davis.

See the painting on my website.

Friday, September 16, 2016

That’s Not MY Jesus

Gethsemane by James C. Christensen
Gethsemane by James C. Christensen
Excerpted from James C. Christensen: “You know, Elder Packer, when one is in the presence of one of the Twelve with a picture like this it's very tempting to ask how close did I get." He smiled, shook his head for a moment, turned to me and said,”How do you think BYU's basketball team is going to do this year?"

See more on my website.

Friday, June 3, 2016


Signed and numbered prints of "While Mary Sleeps" now available for Fathers Day. This special edition is limited to 100 prints at $40 each plus shipping.

I can deliver prints to those living near me to save you shipping costs. Frames not included.

Several prints have already been sold.

See more at my Etsy Shop.


Thursday, June 2, 2016

Which Painting Next?

Please help. I am creating several oil paintings. I will create them all but would like your input as to which one I should work on next.

It's easy! Click one or more of the choices in the user survey on the right to indicate your preference, then click Vote. That's it! You can track results by clicking on the link and add suggestions in the comments section.

Looks like the survey doesn't show up on mobile devices so cellphone users should leave comments instead.

Each painting will be about four feet tall. I will post more information here and on my Facebook and Instagram accounts.

Thanks very much!



SORRY FOR THE LEGALESE: The survey results and suggestions submitted to this survey are non-binding. All rights to the painting and any of its derivative works reside solely with Lester Yocum or his assignees. Input here does not imply or otherwise require financial or other relationship to the artwork, its processes or any product produced therefrom in any form. Final art will vary from the above concepts. Painting completion will depend on available time. Submission of the survey and suggestions is voluntary and indicates agreement with these terms.



Thursday, March 3, 2016

In support of the "Greater Than Us" Easter cantata I will be donating dozens of my original oil paintings, old and new, after the show, no strings attached. All paintings are unframed. See the full list on my website. Come support the show to find out more!

Friday, February 26, 2016

Proper Trouble

Alma 42:29 is my scripture of the day. In it, a father offers loving and strong counsel to a very good but troubled son. It has been a favorite of mine for a long time and applies in many areas of life:
"And now, my son, I desire that ye should let these things trouble you no more, and only let your sins trouble you, with that trouble which shall bring you down unto repentance."
This painting of mine shows a good young man desperately concerned about life-and-death problems. The counsel he received is good and life changing. From 1 Nephi chapter 4.