Chad Poppleton, a resident of Cache Valley, Utah, has been passionate about art for as long as he can remember. His interest began while on the farm and ranch with his father and grandfather working with animals, understanding their attitudes, behaviors, and confirmations. Chad’s father, also an artist, taught him how to draw and see with an artist’s eye.
Chad’s experiences hunting, fishing and exploring the mountains molded his relationship with nature. Observing wildlife and sharing 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 find their characteristics and relay that into the canvas.”
Chad studied at Utah State University under the tutelage of accomplished artist Glen Edwards, and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Illustration. Chad continues his education by taking workshops and critiques from many accomplished artists including Jim Norton, Jim Wilcox, Grant Redden, Jason Rich, and Dave Wade.
Chad is represented by Legacy Gallery – Jackson Hole, Wyoming and Scottsdale, Arizona; Collectors Covey – Dallas, Texas; Coeur d’Alene Galleries – Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.
Chad was included in the “21 under 31” feature in Southwest Art Magazine in 2002 and has been featured in prestigious publications including Sporting Classics, Art of the West and Western Art Collector. He is the youngest artist in the C.M. Russell Museum’s Skull Society of Artists and is also the featured artist for the Southeastern Wildlife Expo. He has been in the top 100 for Arts for the Parks in 2001-2004. He currently participates in the prestigious Collectors Covey Miniature Show, and has exhibited in the Charlie Russell Museum, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Scottsdale Art Auction, as well as The Center for the Arts Benefit in Jackson Hole. Chad supports many local art clubs and conservation efforts in his region.
CAA Member since 2018
Education: Utah State University, Bachelor of Fine Arts/Illustration