David Meikle

Artist Statement

I have always been intrigued by the combination of natural and human elements. The area around Helper, UT and the Book Cliffs to me are interesting places to paint, where I can focus on the interaction of light on landscapes.

“When I go on trips with the family, I’m looking out the window when I’m driving; and I’ll have my wife take pictures of what I’m seeing so I can take it back to the studio,” he says. “There’s something about the process of re-creating an image, especially when you size it up to a larger scale, that reinforces my love for open spaces.”


David Meikle was born and raised in Salt Lake City, UT. In 1987, he was the state winner in Art in the Deseret News Sterling Scholar Competition for high school students in Utah. He attended the University of Utah on a four-year scholarship and received his BFA in Graphic Design and Illustration in 1994. In 2006, he finished his MFA from the University of Utah.

In 2006, he won the jurors’ first place award at the 82nd Annual Spring Salon at the Springville Museum of Art (out of 1000 entries). His work is represented in the books “Painters of the Wasatch Mountains, “Painters of Utah’s Canyons and Deserts”, and “Painters of the Tetons”. David created the images that are seen on the “Welcome to Utah” billboards found at all major entry points to the state. In 2011, he was named by the Springville Museum of Art as one of Utah’s 100 “Most Honored” living artists. 


David Meikle’s CV