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R. Geoffrey Blackburn

R. Geoffrey Blackburn

Uranium Prospector Turned Artist during the last great uranium boom of the 1970’s, I co-owned and operated a mining and exploration company, North American Resources Corp. based in Salt Lake City, operating out of Moab, Utah. I prospected, staked claims, drilled, and promoted uranium properties all over the Colorado Plateau. Once, I even confronted an armed claim jumper. I wheeled and dealed with local claim owners and major energy companies often doing million dollar deals on napkins in bars and restaurants into the wee hours. During this period I met with the legendary Charlie Stein and the late mining magnate, adventurer, and art collector, Maxie L. Anderson (the first balloonist to cross the Atlantic Ocean). Mr. Anderson, subsequently purchased and commissioned paintings including the original oil painting entitled Red Canyons, which was the basis of the Red Canyons serigraph that President Reagan displayed in the White House and which appeared on an episode of the Murder, She Wrote TV show. Working and living in canyon country, I was captivated by the amazing red rock vistas around Moab. I began doing photo studies and sketches of the scenes I encountered prospecting in the area. When I returned to Salt Lake City, I turned many of these studies and sketches into paintings,a practice I continue to this day. Although I have studied art both privately and at the University of Utah, I am essentially self-taught. My first recognition as an artist came at the age of eight when

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