Here’s a look at six local artists whose work draws upon Utah’s diverse environments as inspiration.
Written by Lindy Callahan
When you love the Utah landscape, it can often feel like you just want to stay outside forever. While that isn’t possible for most of us, the good news is when you aren’t out exploring, art can be the perfect way to stay physically connected to the outdoors.
Many regional artists use Utah’s deserts and mountains as inspiration for their work (Read: “Utah Female Artists Explore the Sublime Through Art”). Here are six artists whose work might help you feel a little closer to the Utah spaces you love. Each regional highlight offers tips for discovering more artists exploring each area during your next visit. If you haven’t explored these regions yourself yet, this work can bring you into them from the comfort of home.
Eiko Tonami Anderson
Eiko Tonami Anderson, a Cache Valley artist, uses her creative lens to capture both her Japanese heritage and landscapes throughout northern Utah. Her artist father inspired her to become an artist. She has been studying art since childhood, including kanji and kana (Japanese calligraphy), Japanese brush painting and watercolor painting.
Anderson’s Utah-focused landscape pieces are created in watercolor. These pieces include landscapes of snow-covered Wasatch Mountains, depictions of barns throughout the seasons, and sunset-lit lakes. Their soft and warm colors make you feel right at home.
Discover Other Cache Valley Artists
To discover more Cache Valley artists, visit the nonprofit Jump the Moon studio, which promotes and supports artists, as well as those with disabilities, or stop by the Logan Fine Art Gallery to view local artwork and take classes.
Audrey Christensen, an Ogden textile artist, found healing and community in cloth doll making after battling postpartum depression. She then discovered a love of watercolor and embroidery, and now teaches classes aiming to bring people together.
Her work is bright, often featuring deep shades of reds, blues, greens and oranges. She makes and sells watercolor embroidery pieces featuring iconic local landmarks, such as Historic 25th Street and Farr’s Ice Cream parlor. She also sells her images as stickers.
View her work and buy it here, and follow her here.
Kathleen Peterson, a visual artist based in the Sanpete Valley, finds inspiration in painting women, as well as from the stories of her pioneer ancestors and the landscapes of Utah.
She paints in watercolors and oils, and also creates beautiful intaglio prints, stained-glass murals and clay figures. Her paintings have a modern aesthetic, featuring bold colors, patterns and unique textures. Her work is available for viewing or purchase here; follow her work here.
Discover Other Sanpete Valley Artists
To learn more about the work of other Sanpete Valley artists, stop by Spring City Arts and Horseshoe Mountain Pottery, the Main Street studio of Joe Bennion, who is president of the nonprofit Spring City Arts. (Read: “Gleaning a Small Town’s Harvest.”) And visit Granary Arts, a community arts space and gallery located in a 1876 structure originally built by the local women’s Relief Society to store wheat.
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About the Author – Lindy Callahan
Lindy Callahan is a Utah native who also spends a lot of time in the Pacific Northwest, writing content for Zillow and working on an MFA at Oregon State. Having deep roots in two beautiful regions of the United States, she has a passion for environmental protection and appreciation. When she isn’t out hiking with her husband, Mike and her dog, Phil Collins, she is usually found curled up with a book or working in her cut-flower and medicinal garden. Instagram: @lindymcallahan