"Jungle Red" found a home in France this summer!
Painting in interior scene
Off Your Rocker - SOLD!
Bird Haven - SOLD!
My introduction to fine art began at Weber State University. I found the arts fascinating and dreamed of being a successful artist. My first professors were Farrell Collet & Richard Van Wagoner. Later, I transferred to Brigham Young University to continue studying art.
I moved to Southern California in the late sixties to work and further my educational goals, which of course included more art classes. When our daughter Kimberly was born, I still squeezed in classes when and where I could.
After a few years, we returned to Salt Lake City, where I enrolled at the University of Utah. And, had the privilege of studying with Professors Doug Snow, George Dibble, Stephen Beck, & Richard Kleinschmidt. I also enjoyed workshops from the following artists: Earl Jones, Dan Baxter, Ken Baxter, Bruce Smith, A.D. Shaw, & Avard Fairbanks. The classes paid off, and to my delight, I received a silver award in the Utah State Fair on the portrait below.
When my daughter entered kindergarten, I took a job at Tivoli Gallery, the largest art gallery in Salt Lake City, I loved the job and I enjoyed being around the art and artists.
In 1982, now a single parent, and not realizing the full extent of what I was getting into I started my own gallery. Signing that lease felt like I was signing my life away.
As it turned out, Southam Gallery survived and thrived, we are now in our 33rd year. During that time I had to put my dream of becoming a full-time artist on hold. After many wonderful years, I am stepping down as president and Kimberly is assuming the business.
I am finally able to return to my dream of full time painting. So please watch for postings of my new work on the website.
Jungle Red - SOLD!