Artist Bio

Artist Statement

Kimbal WarrenArt is the personality of one’s inner self. Without that understanding, one cannot create. My art reveals how I think, feel, see, understand and even experience life. The art process is a true awareness of one’s surroundings. Painting is a constant and spiritual development of problem solving. I find that I am protective of my art because it is personal to me. A good piece of art should become personal to the viewer.

I paint what I see. My passion is to visit new places and capture them in the paintings I do. I hope to convey what I have seen and felt to others so that the pieces become a treasure to the owner.

I wish you luck in finding your personal favorite.


About the Artist

Kimbal Warren grew up in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains near Salt Lake City, Utah. As a young boy, he discovered that he could draw most things better than his peers. And that he would rather draw than do about anything else.

He graduated from Brigham Young University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in 1978. Some of his early odd jobs that helped support his young family and his painting included mechanic, window washer, truck driver, horse wrangler, hay hauler, tail twister, and furrier. Served in the U.S. Army Reserve from 1971 to 1978. He has been a full-time freelance painter for over three decades. He is married to Gayle Christensen Warren. His studio and residence is in Mapleton, Utah at the base of Hobble Creek Canyon. They have one daughter (Jennifer & Eric Hansen) and four horses.

The horses have been a way for him to photograph and sketch areas that most do not see. He regularly packs his animals with a week’s worth of gear and grub and heads out for some of his favorite places to paint…the Wind River Mountain Range in Wyoming, the Uintah Mountain Range in Utah, or the many canyons in southern and eastern Utah. Kimbal is no stranger to adventure. (See Kimbal’s blog for his story on one such adventure) He has also been an avid hiker, climbing to the top of the Grand Teton in Wyoming, hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, and many places in between.

Kimbal and his wife, Gayle, have had the opportunity to travel. Kimbal has painted and sketched throughout a whole lot of the world, but his favorite place to paint is the rocky mountain west.


Board of Trustees – Springville Art Museum – 2006 to 2017

Board of Acquisitions – Springville Art Museum – 2006 to 2017

Member – Plein Air Painters of Utah

Member – Oil Painters of America


2019 – Midway Plein Air Paradise Competition – Purchase Award and Third Place Award

2014 – Spring City Plein Air Competition – Merit Award

2013-2014 – ART Renewal Center – Honorable Mention – Landscapes

2013 – Plein Air Moab – Best of Show – Southwest Art Magazine Award

2013 – Plein Air Magazine – Best Of Plein Air Moab

2012 – Dixie/Sears Invitational, St. George, Utah – Honorable Mention

2012 – Plein Air Artists Competition – Spring City, Utah – First Place

2012 – Springville Museum of Art – Spiritual & Religious Art Competition – Merit Award

2011 – Dixie/Sears Invitational Show – St. George, Utah – Honorable Mention

2011 – Shenandoah Invitational Show – Southern Virgina – Honorable Mention in Oils

2008 – Utah Plein Air Art Festival – Award of Merit

2008 – Dixie College Art Show – Honorable Artist Award

2007 – Springville Museum of Art – Merit Awards

2007 – Dixie College Art Show – 2nd Place

2006 – Springville Museum of Art – Purchase Award

2003 – Dixie College Art Show – 3rd Place

2002 – Dixie College Art Show – Viewer’s Choice

1998 – Rocky Mountain Art Invitational – Award of Excellence

1994 – Dixie College Invitational Show – Best of Show Purchase Awards

1995 – Dixie College Invitational Show – People’s Choice Award

1991 – Dixie College Invitational Show – Best of Show Purchase Award

1988 – Texas Cowboy Artists – Best of Show and L.M. Leedy/Resistol Award

1986 – Rocky Mountain Western Artists Association – Best of Show

1979 – Look Out Mountain Art Show – Denver, Colorado – Best of Show

LDS Church Museum of Art and History International Show – 2 Purchase awards

Additional Show Participation

Zion Bank Invitational Show – Salt Lake City, UT

Mountain Oyster Show, Tucson, AZ

Springville Museum of Art April Salon – Springville, Utah

Charlie Russell Show – Great Falls, Montana

F. Weixler Company Group Show – Salt Lake City, Utah

Texas Cowboy Artists – El Paso, Texas

Amarillo Rotary Club Show – Amarillo, Texas

Miniature Art Show Sponsored by T. Boone Pickens – Amarillo, Texas

Days of 47 Western Heritage Art Show

Guest Artist – Ranchero Ride – Solvang, California


Magazine Articles: Featured Artist:

Art of the West

Focus Santa Fe

The Santa Fean


The Willie Martin Handcart Story

Painters of Utah’s Canyons and Deserts

Utah Painters & Sculptors

Painters of the Wasatch Mountains

Artists of Utah

Plein Air Magazine


Salt Lake Tribune, Daily Herald, Springville Herald

Painting Instruction

Springville Art Museum

Provo City

Midway Art Association

Mapleton Community Center

Utah Art Guild

Women’s Arts Council

Group Painting Workshops

Plein Air Workshops

Private Instruction

Private and Corporate Collectors

Dixie College

Zions Bank

Brigham Young University

Springville Museum of Art

County of Utah

State of Utah

Deseret News

LDS Church

Robert Garff

Sandia Federal Bank

Huntsman Chemical

Franklin Institute

Senator Orrin Hatch

T. Boone Pickens

Executives from the Bank of Montreal

Senator Bob Bennett

Earl Holding, Little America Hotel chain

Qwest Communications

Corporate Awards/Gifts

Kimbal’s paintings have been presented to many honorees for corporate and retirement awards.  Contact us if you are interested in commissioning Kimbal for a special gift.

Art of the West Magazine describes Kimbal Warren as… “A hardworking artist possessed of an informed will that provides him with deep insight into his subject. Warren is much a part of the actual experience of the landscapes he inhibits, always interested in expanding his horizons.”

Focus Sante Fe Magazine describes Warren’s work as…”lyric celebrations of the land, combining a Realist’s exacting form and design, a master colorist’s eye, and a romantic’s sensibility. His signature landscapes are dynamic images, where form subtly pushes the eye throughout the canvas.”

Vern Swansen, Director of the Springville Museum of Art, says about Kimbal’s work… “Kimbal is a true naturalist. Nature is too great for most of us, we need interpreters to focus our eyes and fix our gaze. By condensing nature to the flat rectangular canvas, an artist can take a bit of landscape and give us all of nature. Kimbal Warren balances what he sees and what he knows, into paintings of power and grace. Somehow I understand nature a little better after standing before his paintings. As his art matures, he’ll bring new insights and those who have an eye to beauty will understand.”