Chad Poppleton a resident of Cache Valley Utah, has been interested in art ever since he can remember. Chad began his interest while on the farm with his grandfather. He would spend hours on the tractor and would draw to pass the time. Chad’s interest grew, as he got older, he became fascinated with big game wildlife. Spending time in the mountains and being in their environment captivates him. “Interpreting the behavior and character of each animal in its natural environment is the motivation for my work. Studying, sketching, life painting, and observing the animal’s behavior helps me to identify their characteristics and relay that into the canvas.”
Chad studied at Utah State University under the direction of Glen Edwards and graduated in 2003 with a Bachelor’s in Fine Art/ Illustration.
Legacy Galleries, Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and Scottsdale, Arizona represent Chad. Chad was featured in the 21 under 31 in Southwest Art Magazine in 2002. Chad has also been in the top 100 for Arts for the Parks in ’01-04’ He received Honorable Mention for the Wyoming Conservation Stamp 2003, as well as a selected artist at the Southwestern Wildlife Expo. in 2014. Chas has participated in the prestigious Collector’s Covey miniature show with top honors. Chad is a proud member of the Russell Skull Society of Artists.
“As an artist my objective is to represent the subjects of wildlife correctly and accurately to the best of my ability. Each animal is different and should engage the viewer emotionally within the piece. The viewer should understand the character of the animal.” As an avid sportsman and conservationist Chad spends as much time in the field as he does at the easel. His paintings are a reflection of his love for the animals and the outdoors.