Main Competition & Quick Draw Judges

John Erickson was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1981 he received a BFA in Painting and Drawing from the University of Utah, studying under the direction of Alvin Gittins and Douglas Snow. In 1975 he attended The Summer Fellowship at Yale University, studying with Wolf Kahn, Louis Finkelstein and Phillip Guston. He returned to the University of Utah for graduate school and received his MFA in 1981.

After graduating, he began teaching fine art at the University of Utah and has been an Assistant Professor there for over twenty years. He also teaches summer workshops and is involved in Art-Access, a program that brings the arts to those who otherwise would not have the resources to explore it.

John enjoys a variety of mediums including latex, acrylic, oil and oil pastels. His love of nature stems from having spent a lifetime in the outdoors hiking and exploring the backcountry wilderness.

His works are an exploration of interior and exterior space and planes. Landscapes made by man and nature are quoted with commentary and depth. His longtime study of figure structure gives grounding to free brushwork and reflective boundaries, broken and kept.

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Peggy Immel, returning for a second year, is a Master Signature Member of Plein Air Painters of New Mexico as well as a Signature Member of Plein Air Artists Colorado and an Artist Member of Laguna Plein Air Painters Association.

Her educational background includes architectural studies at Arizona State University and classes at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, the DeCordova Museum School in Lincoln, MA, and the Silvermine Arts Center, New Canaan, CT, where she studied with Jack Pellew. In addition she has taken individual workshops from Charles Gruppe, Tony Van Hasselt, Jeanne Mackenzie, Laura Robb and Koo Schadler.

Her paintings have been included in national juried exhibitions and have received numerous awards including a Best of Show in 2013 in the MAA Spring Juried Exhibition held at the Museum of the Southwest in Midland, TX, a Best of Show at the 2013 Plein Air Painters of New Mexico Annual Juried Exhibition, and a Best of Show Trustees’ Award at the 2014 Millicent Rogers Museum Annual Miniature Exhibition in Taos, NM. In addition her painting “Ridgeline” received the prestigious Allen Award at the 18th Annual Plein Air Artists Colorado annual juried exhibition.

Peggy’s work is represented by Wilder Nightingale Fine Art, Taos, NM, Zforrest Gallery, Tubac, AZ and Sorrel Sky Gallery in Durango, CO and Santa Fe, NM

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Dennis Rhoades. After several years of study at the Kansas City Art institute, Dennis Rhoades began his art career in one of Kansas City’s leading Art Studios where he acquired the skills of graphic design, illustration and photography and soon became part owner and creative director. He moved his family to Denver in 1972, opened his own Graphic Design Studio, ‘the Graphic Works’ and soon acquired several of the cities leading Companies as clients, such as Frontier Airlines, Johns Manville and Coors. He designed the first ‘Coors Light’ can in as well as producing a large number of Gas and Oil Companies Annual Reports and many ad and brochure designs for leading advertising agencies. As computers took over the advertising field, in the 1990’s Dennis turned his painting hobby into a career and has been painting full time ever since.

To Dennis, his paintings are impressions of nature, not simply a replication of what is there. His focus is on vibrant, imaginative color and strong design with the intention of creating something beautiful and harmonic.

An accomplished outdoor painter, Rhoades has received numerous awards for his landscape paintings in Oil, Pastel and Acrylics. He was awarded the International Association of Pastel societies ‘Master Circle Medallion’ and is one of only a select few elected Pastel Society of America Masters. He is also an active member of the Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society, the Pastel Society of Colorado and the Pastel Society of New Mexico. He teaches Workshops for Painting Societies around the Country and has been featured in leading art publications such as Southwest Art, the Pastel Journal and International Artist Magazine.

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