Painting | Utah Artists - S

Kelly Sooter

There is a deeply embedded theme in my work – your journey will lead you home – that place where you want to be.  To some, it’s a place of peace, a state of healing, or away from the daily grind or turmoil to an idyllic place at the end of the path where the sun is warm and breezes flow without end.  My early family life – filled with both joy and deep struggles – has greatly affected my art – every brush stroke.  So yes, each painting is my own personal journey to find that place of peace, hope and unending beauty.

Often collectors describe how my imagery calls them to enter the painting and start strolling down that path or along the quiet stream to a place in the horizon where life is how it should be.  A gallery manager told me of a businessman that would come several times a week to see my paintings during lunch because it helped him shake the stress of his job.

Deliberate use of color and its placement, learned from years of study under European Masters – has given me the tools to allow this theme to emerge in every work of art I create.  The most impactful skill gleaned from them is that in both life and painting – “light comes from darkness”.  I use this extensively in my creative process to communicate, through color and form, that there is peace and joy in life’s journey – in everyday life or in the midst of great strife.

Each painting I create comes from a place of emotion – present or past – hopefully touching a chord in in the viewer as it has touched in me.  I want to help someone envision their own life as a journey to that place where they want to be.



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“Desert Home,” oil on cradled panel, 24 x 24 in.


“Desert Light,” oil on panel, 8 x 8 in.


“A Country Song,” oil on primed canvas, 36 x 36 in.


“Moonlit Mesa,” oil on metallic gouache & texture on museum wrapped canvas, 8 x 24 in.


“Morning in the Park,” oil on panel, 10 x 10 in.


“Set Free,” oil on oil-primed portrait linen on archival gator board, 24 x 36 in.


“Standing Tall,” oil on panel, 6 x 6 in.


“Take Me Home,” oil on oil-primed canvas, 30 x 30 in.


“The Patriarch,” oil on linen panel, 10 x 10 in.


“Where I’m Free to Roam,” oil on oil-primed portrait linen on archival gator board, 16 x 32 in.


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