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Brad Clark

Artist Reception January 6, 6:30 - 8:30 PM

I was born and raised here in Utah. I grew up in West Valley City, and now reside in Herriman with my wife Alyson, and my 11 year old daughter Julie.

I began drawing at young age. All through elementary school I drew cartoons, birds, dogs, and by the time I got to Junior High I started drawing people.

I remember my first day of class with Mr. Sundell. He had us all draw whatever we liked so he could see what level we were at. His advice to me that day was to improve on my value contrast. To this day I try to heed that advice that he gave me.

In High School I studied under a brilliant water color artist named Peggy Anderson. She had a love of nature which I share with her to this day.

After High School I studied Art at the Salt Lake Community College where I honed my drawing skills, and learned to paint in a variety of mediums.

After college I was busy working and trying to get by. I eventually started working at Kennecott Copper where I have worked now for 26 years. During those years after college I still had a love for art, and during that time I did many portraits for family members. One of my biggest joys was seeing the reactions of people close to me when I would show them a completed portrait. During this time I did many of my portraits in pencil, but I always had a desire to work again with color.

Then approximately four years ago things began to change. During this time Covid was here, and there was much social strife in the news. I began to look at life differently, and with everything going on in the world, I decided I could either sit back and feel bad about everything, or I could love a little more and start living life to the fullest. It was at this time I decided to do something I wanted to do for a long time. Paint outdoors. I bought a French easel and went up into the mountains.

It’s hard to describe the feeling of painting En Plein Air for the first time, but I would say, the first time painting in the mountains was the most free I have ever felt living on this Earth. I was hooked.

After painting outdoors for three years, I began painting portraits again. I love to do both. I love painting at home, and I love being out in nature. I’m grateful for art in my life and the many blessings it brings. To be able to show my art is a dream come true for me. Each piece has a story to tell. When taken as a whole body of work it tells my story. Thank you so much for your support and allowing me to tell my story.

Sincerely Timothy Bradley Clark II

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