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I received training in drawing and painting at the University of Utah, graduating with a BFA in 1967. During my college years, I spent my summers working at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon and at Zion National Park, which confirmed my abiding appreciation for the magnificent red-rock country of the region. After graduation, I served for one year as a VISTA Volunteer in Appalachia, an experience that provided the inspiration for my MFA thesis, which I completed at the “U” in 1971.
After seven years in Wyoming, where I worked at Gallery 323 in Casper, I returned to graduate school in Bologna, Italy, at The Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS) Bologna Center. I intended to combine international relations with my art degrees in order to become a diplomat with the United States Information Agency. Instead, with M.A. in hand, I landed back at the Bologna Center—a sojourn that lasted 15 years—as head of alumni relations and publications.
After returning to Utah in 1998, I worked at the University of Utah (2000 to 2011) as managing editor of the U’s magazine, Continuum. Since retiring, I have focused almost exclusively on my art and work primarily in oil and acrylic.
As a visual artist, I have always been fascinated by the play of light and shade on objects, people, and landscapes. In Italy I was particularly attracted by the fruits and vegetables in the open-air markets. Their bright colors were accompanied by pungent aromas that anno