About Kirk

Kirk Parkinson was born in St. George and grew up in the beautiful deserts of Southern Utah. Kirk’s artistic interests, and training, started at an early age. He was taking private art lessons before entering high school, and his skill progressed to the point that he was taking commissions from teachers in Junior High to paint children’s portraits. Kirk graduated from Dixie High School where he was president of his class.

After high school Kirk enrolled at Dixie College (with additional summer sessions at Idaho State University and University of Hawaii) and his studies included both art and journalism. Kirk then attended the University of Utah where he earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Business/Marketing and a Masters Degree in Communication. The medium used to express creativity at that period of his life became the written word rather than paint.

Kirk started in the newspaper industry in Lake Tahoe, Nevada/California, and eventually moved to Provo, Utah where he became publisher of the Daily Herald in 1986. He managed the Herald for nearly 20 years. During this period he was active in community affairs, was president of the Utah Press Association, and president of the Provo Rotary Club. After retiring from the publishing industry in 2007, Kirk returned to his artistic roots. He has enjoyed the opportunity to travel Utah and paint, both outdoors and in the studio.

Kirk paints primarily with oil, but occasionally uses both acrylic and pastel. His work has evolved from moderate impressionism toward a level of realism that more faithfully celebrates the perfect composition of Mother Nature. In seeking lighting and subject matter that express nature’s drama, a typical painting will have a high-intensity tonal quality and unrestrained use of color. He paints a variety of topical material, but primarily landscapes and portraits. Favorite locations are the mountains and valleys of Central Utah and Western Wyoming, and the deserts and canyons of the Southwest. “I read once that paintings are best painted generically, that they shouldn’t reflect the identity of the location. I disagree. I try to have something familiar in my work that ties it to someone’s memory of that place or time. What’s meaningful to me is when someone connects with one of my paintings. It’s always a thrill to think that something I’ve created is displayed in someone’s home.”


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