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J. Ken Spencer Biography

“Painting on location gives me a chance to see new things, to see different light conditions and to regularly feel the creative juices. When I paint in plein air I see the subtle colors of nature, and with all the information out there, I can make the best design choices for the subject I am working on.”

J. Ken Spencer was born May 25, 1968 in Ogden, Utah. He began painting at the age of 14, studying with local artists and teachers. Spencer pursued his interest in art at Utah State University (Logan, Utah) where he gained fundamental knowledge in composition and form; he also developed skills such as draftsmanship and paint application while working from live models. He graduated in 1993 earning a Bachelor’s Degree of Illustration.

After finishing his work at the university, he moved his family to the New York Metropolitan area where he worked as an illustrator for book publishers and magazines. It was at that time when Mr. Spencer began developing his fine art career by painting for exhibition in galleries and juried shows. He has exhibited his work in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Virginia, Arkansas, Georgia, Missouri, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, and California. He has been included in such shows as the Oil Painters of America (2004 Award), Scottsdale Artist’s School- Best and Brightest (Best of show, 2006), The Harrisburg, P A Art Association (winning Best of Show), and National Oil & Acrylic Painters’ Society (Monteverde Award). After living on the East Coast for seven years he moved his family back to the West where he now pursues his fine art career full time. He and his family reside in the small town of Blackfoot, Idaho.

Mr. Spencer is an avid plein air painter, facing the challenges and joys of painting in the open air. He also works on larger scale paintings in his studio. He was featured in Southwest Art Magazine’s “Artists to Watch” column of the December 2003 issue. A recent article about Ken and his work appeared in the May/June issue of SkyWest Magazine.






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