Utah artist John Huerta Jr. reaps the benefits of working both in his studio and outdoors, viewing his studio time as an opportunity to “infuse” his plein-air observations with additional artistic interpretation and emotion.
Idaho-based artist Abigail Gutting’s paintings tell modern tales about the contemporary West, but her works also emanate a certain nostalgic sensibility, as if the scenes could have taken place in a bygone era.
Meet six talented painters who hail from the Beehive State.
Utah artist David Dibble depicts barns throughout the American West in rich, atmospheric hues, cataloging these icons of farm culture while also honoring and immortalizing them in the contemporary canon.
Early on in her studies, artist Kelli Folsom zeroed in on the dramatic light-and-shadow effects captured by artists ranging from Caravaggio to Rembrandt. Naturally, in her own work today, light and shadow play a leading role.
Jennifer Cavan creates award-winning paintings that convey the timeless essence of her adopted home, expressing her feelings about New Mexico in vivid colors and intentionally simplified forms.
Usually, for artist Julie Nighswonger, it’s the quiet, unhurried scenes around her home in rural southeastern Wyoming that inspire her to put brush to canvas or charcoal to paper.
Sculptor Michael Tatom’s discerning eye and entrepreneurial spirit have led him to create ever-larger works and also scaled-down jewelry pieces, all of which add to his ever-expanding menagerie of bronze, silver, and gold animals.
In his loosely painted urban and industrial scenes, artist Donald Yatomi uses a combination of brushes, knives, spatulas, squeegees, aluminum rulers, and T squares. “A lot of the subject matter I paint is so quiet,” he explains. “I feel like it needs a bit of motion and noise.”
Seattle artist Angela Bandurka views her colorful teacup paintings as a way of connecting to her Canadian roots and honoring her family’s tea-drinking tradition.