Salt Lake City, UT
"I'm not so much a Western artist as an artist in the West. My ancestors walked, rode, ran their way here from the east coast and settled in California and Utah. I was born in California.
"My maternal grandfather was a California cowboy who worked on horseback as a guide in Yosemite. He raised five kids on a dairy farm before moving to Montana to strike gold, which worked out ok. He taught me to ride horses, (a perishable skill), write songs, and sing whenever I felt like it, also to shoot, and build things. I credit him with my having the imagination and the faith in life to make a good artist.
"My dad made his way west at seventeen from West Virginia. He never worked in the coal mines like his dad did for twenty years, but instead joined the Air Force. Stationed in Hawaii, he learned to surf and fight. It's his stubbornness I inherited that made me want to stick to painting no matter what. And I'm grateful for that. I'll credit my mother with what talent I have. She's proof talent is real. Her ability as a sculptor came easily and without much practice. She didn't do it professionally but could have had whatever she'd wanted if that had been her path. It's taken me lots of practice to paint well and I'm still practicing. My hope is that my paintings reflect and bring some joy, show energy and commitment, and cause that spark of surprise, delight, and happy reverence that I look for in art and life."
Education: Bachelor of fine arts, emphasis, painting and drawing, University of Utah, 1997.
Awards & Honors: Merit award, Springville Museum of Art, Spring Salon, Springville, Utah, 2009; Jurors Award, Alvin Gittens Gallery, University of Utah, Buzz Spector, juror, 1997.
Selected Publications: June 2017, American Art Collector; May/June 2016, feature article, Western Art and Architecture; December 2014, feature article, Fibonacci Magazine;
June 2001, feature article, Salt Lake Magazine.
Selected Exhibitions: Solo retrospective show, Marietta Cobb Museum, Marietta, GA, 2018; August 2017, solo show, Altamira Gallery, Jackson, WY; June 2017, solo show, Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; June 2016, solo show, Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; January 2016, LA ART SHOW, two gallery representatives: Blue Rain Gallery and Arcadia; July 2015, solo show, Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; May 2014, solo show, Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; April 2013, Springville Museum of Art, group show, Springville, UT; September 2012, solo show, Julie Nester Gallery, Park City, UT; November 2011, solo show, Phillips Gallery, Salt Lake City, UT; November 2009, group show, University of Utah Museum of Fine Art; November 2009, solo show, Marshall Gallery, Scottsdale, AZ; May 2008, solo show, Meyer Gallery, Park City, UT; May 2007, solo show, Meyer Gallery, Park City, UT; June 2006, solo show, Coda Gallery, Palm Desert, CA; April 2005, solo show, Soho, New York, NY; August 2003, group show, Klaudia Marr Gallery, Santa Fe, NM.
Collections: Private: Channupa Hanska-Luger; Bernardo Flores-Sahagun; Katherine Heigel; J.J. Adler; James and Tory Magelby; Jeff Hein. Corporate: Stein Erickson Lodge, Deer Valley, UT; Law firm of, Carpenter, Montoya and Love, Albuquerque, NM; Law firm of, Parsons Behle and Latimer, Salt Lake City, UT; The Paris Hotel, Las Vegas, NV.
Representation: Altamira Fine Art, Jackson, WY; Blue Rain Gallery, Santa Fe, NM; Julie Nester Gallery, Park City, UT.