I love to explore and paint the mountains, canyons and deserts of Utah, the state in which I was born and raised. Much of my inspiration as an artist comes from my experiences while sketching and plein air painting local landscapes. My work reflects a contemporary, realistic style.
I prefer painting directly from life because I can observe and appreciate the subtle colors and values of the real world that a camera cannot capture. It’s thrilling to smell the warm grass and hear the sounds of nature when I’m in the field. Those non-visual elements of the scene have to somehow find their way into the painting visually if it’s going to move the viewer. It’s also a mental challenge to adapt to the naturally changing light as I paint.
Setting up a still life in my studio is a favorite challenge of mine. Sometimes I want to complete the work á la prima by capturing the essence of my subject all in one session. This encourages me to simplify my presentation and learn to paint quickly and intuitively.
Other times, I want to focus on the details, and I strive to include every tiny feature of my subject into the painting. This requires many sessions and a detailed examination of my subject. To me, this can be as rewarding as a good game of chess!
I maintain a private studio in Salt Lake City where I paint and teach adult art classes. I also teach weekend art workshops.
Huntsman Cancer Institute, Salt Lake City, UT
Neil and Pat Nelson, Pleasanton, CA
John and Karen Huntsman, Salt Lake City, UT
2000-2014 Ongoing Studio Classes and Workshops for Adults & children
2014 Art Access, Visual Arts Workshop for Adults
2013 Art Access, six-week workshop for teens
2004-2008 McGillis School, 1st, 2nd Grade, and Elective Art Classes
2001-2003 Petersen Art Center, Children and Adult Classes
1999-2001 Dilworth Elementary School, “Art and Me”
1990-1995 Carl Hankey Elementary School, “Meet The Masters”
2012-2014 Oil Painters of America
2005-2012 Utah Watercolor Society (UWS)
2004-2013 Intermountain Society of Artists (ISA), Past President