The Utah Jazz, Rocky Mountains, Great Salt Lake, BYU, and Family have been the influential parts of my environment for most of my life. As a young boy, sports and recreation were all I dreamed of. I played basketball, baseball, football year round from kindergarten through high school, and went on with a scholarship to play basketball at Mesa College in Grand Junction Colorado. I have Bachelor's Degrees in Recreation, and in Mathematics Education. When I am not painting I spend as much time as I can fishing, golfing, and watching my grand-children play sports. (7 Children, 20 Grandchildren)
My father was an amateur artist who attended my every sporting event to show his support. However, I had no interest in painting, only in sports. But after a few years I realized that I wanted to express the passion I had for the environment around me. I started by imitating a local famous water color artist and next door neighbor, Al Rounds. Pioneer homes, desert landscapes, mountain scenes, and portraits of family and friends were my subjects. To my complete surprise I won first place and third place in regional fair art contests.
After years of painting water colors, I became more interested in oil painting, because I could more easily fix mistakes (a metaphor for life.) Art galleries around the country became my favorite destinations. I studied with a well respected art teacher, Susan Gallacher and ventured into plein aire paintings (direct painting on site.) After reading many books on art, and doing hundreds of paintings, I started participating in arttist's workshops. My workshop instructors have been: Susan Gallacher, John Howard Sanden, Osral Allred, Ray Roberts, Ken Auster, Paul Davis, and Steve Songer. My wife and I are on the executive board of the Sandy Arts Guild. In addition to sports passion, I developed art passion.
I sold paintings to friends, family members, businesses, art festivals, and various commissioned pieces. I also donated paintings to several different charities. After a few years I recieved a request to do a painting for a friend. Her life and her family's lives revolved around baseball. She asked me to do a painting of her son in action. At that moment I realized that I could combine both passions by doing sports paintings. I continue to paint landscapes, sports paintnings, and occasional abstracts, both in my studio and plein aire.
'This website has been created to display the paintings that I have completed over the past years. Paintings are meant to be seen, and the internet has provided a way for more people to see art. Digital viewing is not comparable to seeing art in person, and seeing it in person does not compare to creating art in person. I hope that as you view this website you will want to see more art in person, collect more art, and create more art.' Robert Jenson--Artist, Athelete, Philosopher, Comedian