Main Competition Judges

Royden Card

Born in Canada and raised in Utah, Royden Card received a BFA and MFA from BYU. He taught printmaking for sixteen years at BYU.

"Drawing and then painting desert landscape has been my primary focus for over 50 years.  You do the work, learn, teach, keep painting, maybe win and award or two (or not), but you keep on painting.  Lately, I seek out those views which are overlooked; not the usual scenic turnout icons. Though I love the slick-rock and towering red cliffs, I think I love the multiplicity of greys, siennas, pale ochres, the blue greens of Morrison hills, purples and faded umbers of the badlands even more.  They seem to be what I tend to paint these past years. Love of the desert, refuge and contemplation… and painting. It is an ongoing search for beauty and the desire to paint something 'worthy'…"


John Poon

John Poon has been a working artist for over 25 years. He graduated from the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, and was offered a position as an instructor of Drawing and Painting. He eventually served as Director of Foundations overseeing classes in Drawing, Sketching, Perspective, and Color and Design.

A sought after instructor and painter, his works can be found in both private and pubic collections across the country. Among his numerous awards and recognitions, his most recent honors include Best of Show at the National Wildlife Museum Annual Plein Air invitational, Artist Choice 2016 Maui Plein Air invitational, and the Gold Medal Artist Choice Award at the Maynard Dixon Campout.

John is represented by the Legacy Gallery in Jackson Hole WY, Mountain Trails Gallery in Park City, UT, and the Walls Fine Art Gallery at the Greenbrier, WV.

He resides in Utah with his wife Jenny, their seven kids, and Sasha the dog.


Paint-Out Judges

Larry Christensen

Born in Salt Lake City at the close of World War II, I was raised on a small family farm in Idaho until the age of 14 when my family moved back to Salt Lake where I attended the last year of Junior High School and enrolled in my first official art class. The schools I attended in Idaho had been too small to offer Art classes, but Teachers in the lower grades had taken me drawing when they went out to paint Plein Aire, and had brought art books back from the library in Idaho falls for me. I took art classes through the rest of high school, then returned after working ten years on the Utah Highway Patrol, and Farming dry land cotton in Texas for four, to earn my Master of Fine Arts Degree from Brigham Young University.

After completing the degree, I taught art classes at Brigham Young University, and at Utah Valley State College for ten years. Since graduating, I’ve had numerous opportunities to mount one-man shows in the Utah State Office Building, Utah County Office Building, Brigham Young University, Kimball Art Center in Park City, Utah, and Springville Museum of Art.  I was favored to win Best of Show in several State and Regional shows, and of course entered several where I was just fortunate to be in the show. I have works in most Western States, some in Europe, and South Africa. Several pieces hang in the State    Office Buildings in Salt Lake City, and in Provo, and in the Utah County Office Building in Provo. Springville Museum of Art has pieces in their permanent collection.


Greg MacDonald

Greg MacDonald is a plein café painter. His forty-plus year-old daily practice of making art where he gets his coffee in the morning has been constant while other forces have persuaded him to secret his art into gallery-owning, graphic design, illustration, painting for commission, web design and teaching. He has learned from it all, but now he paints just to paint.

Greg – comes from Montana – has lived in Moab for six years after a very long wet stint in Seattle.


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