Later winning an art scholarship at Dixie College in St. George, UT was all I needed to launch art as my major and career. I split my two years at Dixie with two years as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Argentina.
I completed my Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) degree at the University of Utah Department of Art, being thoroughly inculcated with techniques of realistic figure drawing and painting, and some landscape work, under the likes of Alvin Gittins, Paul Davis and Ed Maryon. I had also taken an interest in nonobjective grids.
After earning my BFA, I worked nine months as artist/designer at Big Al’s Syndicate, a fast-food sandwich franchise based on the Al Capone/Prohibition era. Then another nine months as a screen printer at Spectra-Symbol in Salt Lake City. During this time I met and married Alene Clark of Oxnard, CA.
In 1980 we moved to Colorado and began my two-year Master of Fine Arts (MFA) program at the University of Denver. Alene and I became parents there to Adam (1980) and later in Utah to Dawn (1984), Samuel (1987), Maren (1992) and Aaron (1995).
While at Denver University, I worked primarily on my interests in abstraction, mostly with Mel Strawn, Gordon Mansell, Bev Rosen and Steve Goldberg. My goal was to energize geometric grids with color, texture, line and chess moves. I made many lithograph and intaglio prints on these themes. I planned and executed a large acrylic on unstretched canvas mural (6 ft x 84 ft) showing many of my own chess games via line and color on grids. My thesis exhibit included all this, plus an actual chess tournament held within the gallery space.
In December 1982, I accepted a one semester sabbatical replacement assignment in painting and drawing at Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, TX. I honed my teaching skills on a group of young, thoughtful and perceptive students there. With no realistic job prospects by mid- September, we packed up and drove back to Utah , where my father and I expanded my little studio space while building a new garage and shop. This would become my primary work area from 1983 to 2006.
During that time I designed, executed and installed several major public works in places such as large three-part “Evolve“ at the Utah State University Science Center in Logan; “Utah Geoform” at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City and “Mountain Motion” at the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy.
In 1987 I was awarded the annual Visual Arts Fellowship by the Utah Arts Council.
I was on the Arts in Education list of artists approved for their residency program. I fulfilled over 40 residencies including some for at risk high school students.
I was also an adjunct instructor in painting and drawing for the University of Utah, Salt Lake Community College, Westminster College of Salt Lake City and the Salt Lake Art Center.
My work was included in many group and solo exhibits. All the while I had and still have my work represented at Phillips Gallery in Salt Lake City.
In 2006 I secured a full time art instructor position at Crowder College in Neosho, MO. While there I taught painting, drawing, 2-D design and art appreciation courses. I also directed the Crowder College mural program and interfaced with the Newton County Tourism Council to install murals around the county.
In 2016 I retired from Crowder College and returned to Utah in 2018 to be closer to family and pursue my own work in art more fully. I maintain a strong interest in both nonobjective and representational work. Some of this work I do as illustrations for my writing, which includes autobiographical memoirs.