The original 30" x 40" painting of The Morning Breaks—Logan, created by using a transparent-watercolor technique, is one of a series by the artist Chad S. Hawkins.
This series of paintings is based upon the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ premier hymn, The Morning Breaks. "The morning breaks, the shadows flee; . . . The dawning of a brighter day, . . . Majestic rises on the world". "My goal," explains the artist, "is for the viewer of these paintings to visually comprehend the symbolism that is found within this hymn. Just as the glorious dawn dispels the shadows of darkness, the restored gospel promises light to a world waiting in spiritual darkness.”
In this painting, as the intense sun’s rays shine through the tree, the young prophet Joseph Smith can be seen shielding his eyes as he looks into the light of the First Vision. Closing the doors of the Apostasy, this historical event commenced the restoration and truly was the dawning of a brighter day.