Text Box: “Christmas at the Peck Family Home”
Production Year:  2005
Suggested Donation:  $65 (100% of your investment will be used for ministry).
Recipients will be given a specifically numbered print of a limited edition of only 200 Prints that are personally signed and numbered by the artist.  In addition, recipients will receive a signed “Certificate of Authenticity” that includes the following information from the artist:
      The subject of this painting is the Charles Peck Home, located near the intersection of Madison and Manzanita Avenues in Citrus Heights, California.  The scene depicts how the home would have looked, shrouded by trees and shrubbery, during the late 1940’s.  Construction of the redbrick house was completed in 1938, to replace a wood-framed house that burned to the ground in 1933.  The Peck’s objective was to build a home of cement and brick that would be flameproof, preventing another fire disaster.  However, after four tough years living in two pushed-together shacks, the family relented from their original goal and built the roof of wood joists and shakes.  Their decision was based not only on the additional time it would have taken to complete construction, but also on the heavier weight factors of using fire resistant materials.
      The Charles W. Peck family came to California from Chicago in 1903. The land which they purchased for the Peck ranch had originally been part of a railroad grant given by the United States government to the railroad builders known as the Union Pacific.  Their tracks were joined with the Central Pacific at Promontory, Utah. This railroad is still in use and is now known as the Southern Pacific.
      The Peck ranch was stocked with cows, pigs, and chickens, and there were generally from fifteen to twenty head of horses, which were used to carry on the grain farming operation.  At harvesting time the Barretts, Deweys, and Pecks used to work together and share their horses, because it was necessary to have from twenty-four to thirty head of horses to pull each harvesting machine.  In addition to his own ranch, Mr. Peck leased the Kelly ranch and part of the Haggin ranch for further farming.
      Charles W. Peck was born in St. Louis on September 8, 1847 and died in California on June 12, 1935.  He left the ranch to his four children:  One son, Charles L. Peck, continued to farm the 150 acres until it was sold for subdivision.  He lived in the brick house until his death in 1976. Today the home remains almost the same in appearance except for a large addition on its east side, which was constructed by Mr. & Mrs. Michael Hall, the current owners.
I was inspired to paint this historic home, after meditating on the words of Jesus found in Luke, Chapter 6, verses 47-49.  Jesus describes how the person who hears His words and then does not obey them is utterly foolish. However, the person who hears and obeys will be as eternally secure with Him as the person who takes care to build a house with strong foundations of rock.
“I will show you what he is like who comes to me and hears my words and puts them into practice.  He is like a man building a house, who dug down deep and laid the foundation on rock.  When a flood came, the torrent struck that house but could not shake it, because it was well built.  But the one who hears my words and does not put them into practice is like a man who built a house on the ground without a foundation.  The moment the torrent struck that house, it collapsed and its destruction was complete.”
I hope you enjoy your print.  It is my prayer that all who look upon this print will come to know and trust our Lord Jesus Christ more fully as they experience joy of listening and walking closely with Him.
With grateful Love in Jesus Christ, Our Solid Rock, who offers to all the free gift of Eternal Life,

Nick Vogt
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