As far back as my memory goes, I always wanted to be an artist. Somewhere and somehow, I always was drawing pictures and trying to use color to capture that which I tried to understand. This was a dream that surrounded me all the days of my youth growing in a small mining town located in the mountains of northeastern Nevada. My twin brother, Don, and I were reared by loving parents who were children of the Great Depression and my thoughts of being an artist was both supported and questioned… “how can you make a living doing this…where would you live” and so on. I knew that someday I would have to leave this small mining town and venture into the world beyond our town of McGill. Our lives were very simple with no television, a tiny radio station and down the street was a tiny library. We spent most of the time playing the games that most boys enjoy…baseball, basketball in an old alley, swimming at the old pond next to a dairy, biking around town with each other, sleigh riding in the winter and skating on an old pond. There were no cities for well over two hundred miles!
After finishing high school, my brother and I worked in the copper mining industry to save money for college. We began at our beloved Dixie College in southern Utah and served missions for our church in New Zealand. Soon after that, we both graduated from Brigham Young University (Provo, UT) and entered the world of “family and work.” I had my degree in the field of art and Don finished in advertising. We would make our homes in southern California and Texas. Most of the years we lived far apart… I was in Salt Lake City, UT and he was in the Dallas, TX area for more than thirty years.
In the last thirty years, I have made a career in the field of art painting for a living, doing high quality calligraphy for private persons or companies throughout the world. I was an adjunct at the Salt Lake Community College teaching art and calligraphy for almost twenty years. I did professional calligraphy for dozens of small and large companies, galleries, private individuals, schools as well as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Don moved to the Salt Lake area in 2006 and taught art at SLCC for thirteen years. We both learned to engrave glass and worked at this for almost twenty years. He began doing calligraphy in Dallas in 1981 teaching calligraphy classes there and throughout the United States. We have engraved glass for thousands of people in Texas, Utah, Nevada, Idaho and Nevada. The companies that we did engraving for include Nordstrom, Macy’s, Dillard’s, Walmart and others.
My artistic specialty is watercolor doing work for many people whereas Don taught at SLCC for many years and specialized in colored pencil work. You can see the many subjects we have worked on as you spend a little time on our website.
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