Boulder Mesa
Day Break
Magic Square
Still Waters

Represented by:

David Ericson Fine Art
418 So. 200 W.
Salt Lake City, UT 84101

Sears-Peyton Gallery
210 11th Ave. Ste. 802
New York, NY 10001

Terzian Galleries
P.O. Box 3359
309 Main Street
Park City, Utah 84060

Selby Fleetwood Gallery
600 Canyon Road
Santa Fe, NM 87501

P.O. Box 116 Tropic, Utah 84776

2004 International Artist Magazine, painting reproduced, issue #38, Aug/Sept 2004, p.8
2003 New American Paintings, Vol. 48, No. 5, Open Studios Press, Boston, Massachusetts.
2001 Utah Art, Utah Artists: 150 Year Survey, Swanson, Olpin, Poulton, Rogers, p. 154.
1999 Artists of Utah, Swanson, Olpin, Seiffert, p. 261.
1997 Utah Painting & Sculpture, Swanson, Olpin, Seiffert.
1991 Utah Art, Vern Swanson

     I see the world in terms of a balance between cosmos and chaos. Painting for me is the process of continually seeking, and attempting to work out, that balance.
     The landscape environments I have lived and worked in have engaged me deeply my entire life. My early years were spent living in a semi-rural setting adjacent to a golf course. My strongest memories of that time are of viewing the manicured, park-like course juxtaposed with the natural, uncultivated land surrounding it. Now, I live in southern Utah in fairly remote desert country where I enjoy the dry, clean air, clear starry nights, and the presence of strong landscape elements. I love the trees, rocks, and sky that surround me here.
     In my paintings I attempt to balance all elements into a harmonious whole by employing Greek orthogons (The mathematical formulas developed by the Greeks for use in building, sculpture, paintings, etc. were found to elicit strong emotional response). I also use “Dynamic Symmetry”, a method developed by Jay Hambridge in the 1920’s, in planning my paintings. Both the Greeks and Jay Hambridge depend heavily on the idea that cosmos (strict order) and chaos (complete disorder) ought to blend together into “wholeness”.
     Another influence in my work is the theme of “homecoming” addressed in great epic literature such as The Odyssey and Pilgrim’s Progress. This is a home of the spirit and the heart, as well as a familiar physical place. I make use of various pictorial elements such as rivers, constellations, paths and fields, intending to suggest the idea of a remembered “home” or, the act of “journeying towards home”.
     Sometimes I intend for the trees in my paintings, and other elements, to be metaphoric representations. However, I don’t feel it is necessary for viewers to “know” my personal symbols in order to feel that my work—if it is successful in blending chaos and cosmos into a beautiful whole—has a spiritual base. I would like others to feel peace and order when they view my work, and perhaps, a desire to “return home”.

     I reside in the small (population less than 500), fairly remote, town of Tropic, Utah—situated under the rim of Bryce Canyon National Park—with my wife and two daughters. We have lived in Garfield County for twelve years, the last eight in Tropic where we purchased an old pioneer home. We have been busy improving the home, and caring for the lot—many old fruit trees to prune, etc.—ever since. I have been painting professionally for fifteen years, since I finished school. I was born in 1964 in Kanab, Utah.

MFA, University Outstanding Graduate, California State University, Long Beach, 1990.
MA, University Artists and Scholars, California State University, Long Beach, 1988.
BFA, Summa cum Laude, Brigham Young University, 1987.

2004 August 6-October 8, Familial Painters: Three Artist Painting Show St. George Art Museum, St. George, Utah.
2004 Springville Museum of Art, Two Points of View: Clay & Rebecca Wagstaff, Springville, Utah.
2003-2004 Utah Museum of Fine Arts, The Utah Century: Art and Culture 1902-2002, exhibit of 17 paintings drawn from the Utah State Art Collection.
2003 Springville Museum of Art, E-Spousing Art: Utah Artist Couples, Springville, Utah.
2002 Utah Art 2002: An Exhibition of Critically Juried Contemporary Utah Art, Salt Lake City, Utah.
2002 Springville Museum of Art, Utah Art, Utah Artists: 150 Year Survey, Springville, Utah.
1998 Church Museum of Art, Landscape Group Show, Salt Lake City, Utah.
1996 Salt Lake Art Center, Due South: Landscapes, Salt lake City, Utah.
1996 Salt Lake Arts Center, As They See It: Contemporary Landscapes, Salt Lake City, Utah.
1993 Repartee Gallery, Going Places, Three-man Show, Park City, Utah.
1992 Dolores Chase Fine Art, Art Feeds the Soul, Salt Lake City, Utah.

2005 Utah Arts Council Individual Artist Project Grant.
2005 81st Utah Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah, Merit Award
2005 Utah 2005 Painting & Sculpture, Shaw Gallery, Weber State University, Utah, Travel Award.
2004 Everett Ruess Days: First Annual Plein Air Competition, Escalante, Utah, Third Place.
2004 61st Annual Cedar City Art Exhibition, Cedar City, Utah, Award of Distinction.
2003 The Regional-- 7th Annual Juried Exhibition, St. George, Utah, Best Oil Painting Award.
2003 Trinidad Nat’l Fine Art Exhibition, A. R. Mitchell Museum, Trinidad, Colorado, 3 Merit Awards.
2003 America’s Freedom Festival, Provo Arts Council, Provo, Utah, First Place Award.
2003 79th Utah Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah,Director’s Award.
2003 6th International Art Competition, Museum of Church History & Art, Salt Lake City, Utah.
2002 Utah 2002 Painting & Sculpture, Kimball Arts Center, Park City, Utah, Travel Award.
2002 78th Utah Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah,Merit Award.
1999 75th Utah Spring Salon, Springville MOA, Springville, Utah, Merit Award.
1996 Utah ’96 Painting & Sculpture, Utah Museum of the Arts, SLC, Utah, Travel Award.
1990 70th Utah Spring Salon, Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah, Honorable Mention.
1991 2nd International Art Competition, Church Museum of Art, Salt Lake City, UT.
1990 25th Annual San Bernardino County Museum of Art Exhibition, Redlands, California, Honorable Mention.
1987 17th National Fine Arts Exhibition, Provo, Utah, Purchase Award.
1987 National Drawing 1987, Trenton, New Jersey, 1987, Purchase Award.
1987 Cliff Lodge 1st Inaugural Exhibition, Snowbird, Utah, Purchase Award.
1986 Utah ’86 Painting & Sculpture, Utah Museum of The Arts, SLC, Utah, Travel Award.
1986 J. Roman Andrus Printmaking Award, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.

2004 State of New Mexico, Art in Public Places, 3 paintings selected.
2004, 2003 State of Utah Fine Art Collection, Salt Lake City, Utah.
2003 San Diego Hilton, Lobby, San Diego, California.
2002 TimeWarner Corporate Collection.
1998 Delta Airlines Corporate Collection.
1997 Kalamazoo Center Hotel, Kalamazoo, Michigan.
1996 The Suites at Underground Atlanta, Atlanta, Georgia.
1995 Salt Lake County Art Collection, Salt Lake City, Utah.
1992 NuSkin Corporate Collection, Provo, Utah.
1991 Springville Museum of Fine Art, Springville, Utah.
1990’s Continental Airlines Corporate Collection.
1988 Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission, Connecticut.