Chad Poppleton is a resident of Cache Valley Utah and has been interested in art ever since he can remember. His interest began while on the farm and ranch with his grandfather while working with the animals and understanding their attitudes and behaviors. Poppleton’s father, also an artist, taught him how to draw and look at things through an artists eye. Hunting, fishing and exploring in the mountains has molded his relationship with nature. Observing wildlife 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.”
Poppleton studied at Utah State University under the direction of Glen Edwards and graduated with a Bachelor’s in Fine Art/ Illustration. He continues to further his education by continually taking workshops and “critique’s” from many accomplished artists. Featured in the “21 under 31” in Southwest Art Magazine in 2002, he has also been featured in Art of the West and Western Art Collector and Sporting Classics magazines. Poppleton has received countless honors including Honorable Mention for the Wyoming Conservation Stamp 2003, Collector’s Covey Miniature Show, Featured Artist at the Southwest Wildlife Exhibition in 2013 and an elected member of The Russell Skull Society of Artists at the prestegious Charlie Russell Museum in Great Falls, MT.