Surviving a baseball size eye tumor when he was 2 years old, they did not find out that he was legally blind without glasses until the second grade. Thus having missed his first year of learning to read, he found acceptance and success in art through his early years. From there he grew and developed academically and artistically receiving The Outstanding Scholastic Award in Art in college. He received his Bachelor’s Degree from Weber State University and his MFA from Utah State University.
He taught art for 27 years while being a professional artist. There he touched the lives of many young artists. He designed and built his own home and helped to restore an 1890’s building into an art studio where he does most of his work.
Travis is never without his sketchbook and camera. He has traveled and painted in Europe, Egypt, Mexico, Canada and 47 of the 50 states. He works in oils on linen, but has also worked with and taught watercolor, acrylic, pottery, sculpture, jewelry, pastel, and pencil. He is currently exhibiting works at Zantman Galleries, Williams Fine Art Gallery, and The Gilded Edge. His name has appeared in publications such as Southwest Art and Artists of Utah.
Hunting and fishing with his father, backpacking with his friends, farming with his grandfathers, playing in the ol’ swimming hole, watermelon busts in the fields, and roaming the woods brought a deep love for the outdoors. His landscape paintings reflect his understanding and feelings of nature.
His goal is to capture a moment of inspiration on canvas that will lift the viewer to greater heights of thought and help recall a memory from the viewer’s past. He uses an impressionistic technique to capture light and atmosphere that gives an illusion of realism from a distance.