My intent as a painter is to arrest motion on canvas by artificial means, to capture life and hold it fixed. I am interested in making paintings of personal experiences, some as I remember and others as I prefer to remember them. Referencing family photo albums and historical photography I aim to create a nostalgic world once imagined, now conceivably constructed with paint. As I reflect on memories I hope to bring to life a personal mythology to better understand my reality.
Zachary Proctor grew up in Salt Lake City, UT and graduated from the University of Utah in 2002 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with an emphasis in painting and drawing. He was a resident artist in Helper, UT from 2003 to 2004. In 2009, he was invited to give a lecture at Utah State University and fell in love with the area. He applied to USU for graduate school and received an MFA in 2012.