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Tal Walton was born in Salt Lake City in 1965. At age 18, Tal traveled to Mexico to do mission work as a representative of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. This service marks the passage into adulthood. For Tal, it also profoundly influenced his development as an artist.
Walton studied painting and sculpture at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Fine Art. His professor who taught that a good painting is laid out according to logical symmetry influenced Walton.
Tal currently lives and works in Fort Collins, Colorado where he finds balance between painting and activities with his family.
His work encompasses the use of three part divisions, a component that relates to his religious beliefs. The three divisions found in Walton’s painting symbolize our before life, present life, and after life.
The center section of each painting represents the current reality of our lives and is symbolized by relatively strong, clear colors. By contrast, the colors in the adjoining sections are darker and more muted. The horizon line and the position of the elements are intended to give the painting an ethereal quality.
“My hope is that the serenity of my painting will draw the viewer in, and the complexity of the work will inspire lingering contemplation. I strive not to imitate actual places but to recreate the universal idea of landscape and time.”