21 Under 31: Young Artists to Watch in 2015 | Colt Idol


Colt Idol, Evening Sentinel, oil, 30 x 34.

Colt Idol, Evening Sentinel, oil, 30 x 34.

Art Education: I’ve attended multiple workshops, but there is nothing better than having an artist for a father to teach you.

Style: Contemporary western, wildlife, and Native American. I like to describe my work as “New Faces of the Old West.”

Second-Choice Career: If I weren’t an artist, I would try to find a way to be around art. I could see myself owning a gallery.

Other Passions: I’ve always been passionate about spending time outdoors, and since I live right outside Glacier National Park, that’s not a difficult passion to fulfill.

One Thing People Don’t Know About You: Based on my artwork that I did while I was growing up, I always thought I’d be a comic-book illustrator.

Best Advice Received: My dad once told me, “Try to learn something new from every single painting. As long as you continue painting, the destination to perfection should always remain ahead of your grasp.”

Pet Peeve: Waiting for paint to dry.

Quirkiest Trait: I’m most effective painting in the late hours of the night to the early hours of the morning.

Favorite Studio Music: In the studio I find myself listening to very slow-paced music, a lot of instrumental songs with piano.

Favorite Work by Another Artist: I’ve always admired, and been influenced by, the work of James Reynolds and Dan Mieduch.

Price Range: $500 to $15,000.

Representation: Dick Idol Signature Gallery, Whitefish, MT; Beartooth Gallery Fine Art, Red Lodge, MT; Coeur d’Alene Galleries, Coeur d’Alene, ID.

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