I was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. I attended the University of Utah where I received both my BFA and MFA.
In 2006, I won the jurors’ first place award at the 82nd Annual Spring Salon at the Springville Museum of Art (out of 1000 entries). My work is represented in the books “Painters of the Wasatch Mountains, “Painters of Utah’s Canyons and Deserts and “Painters of the Tetons”. My oil paintings can currently be found at David Ericson Fine Art and Evergreen Framing Co. & Gallery in Salt Lake City as well as Medicine Man Gallery in Tucson. I created the images that are seen on the “Welcome to Utah” billboards found at all major entry points to the state. My paintings are also included in the permanent collections of the Springville Museum of Art and Salt Lake County, as well as many private and corporate collections. I created a 10’ x 23’ mural for the City Creek Center in downtown Salt Lake City. In 2011, I was named by the Springville Museum of Art as one of Utah’s 100 “Most Honored” living artists.
I am happily married to Lacy Egbert and have five children (Daniel, Amelia, Samuel, William, Madeline and Pearl plus a crazy cat named Blue).
I have always been intrigued by the combination of natural and human elements. The area around Helper and the Book Cliffs to me are interesting places to paint and in many ways they are defined by the railroad. It is hard not to see one without the other. I love seeing dramatic light on the cliffs above a train. I often look for opportunities to use an element such as a train to show the contrast in scale between nature and humans. The railroad also symbolizes the interconnectedness of industry and nature and, for better or worse, the footprint we make on the land.