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About the Artist-Edward L. Soper

Ed and his wife Jaycene live in American Fork, the current location of his studio. His works are shown primarily in the Spring City Art Gallery (Sanpete County, Utah). His landscapes have also won awards at shows in Provo and St. George, and are currently or have been displayed in American Fork, Springville, and Ephraim, Utah.
    
Ed is originally from Pennsylvania and Virginia, but has called Utah home since 1961—although he and his family have also lived in Colorado, Florida, Georgia, California, and South America. Ed and Jaycene have five children, 21 grandchildren, and 2.5 great-grandchildren. They are LDS, and included in their church activities have been missionary assignments, including presiding over LDS missions in Colombia and California and completing a humanitarian assignment in Paraguay.

Ed experimented with oil painting in the late 1950’s, and again during graduate studies at the University of Florida, Gainesville. Then followed a more than forty year hiatus as he and his wife raised their family. The family bought Ed some painting supplies after his retirement from the LDS Church welfare/humanitarian service employment in 2001, and he began to paint as a hobby. As his skills developed he began to exhibit and sell paintings. On several occasions he and his wife have wintered in Manzanillo, Mexico, or St. George, Utah, where he was able to devote more time to painting .

Ed has generally painted western landscapes, but also scenes from their travels to the British Isles, Europe, Canada, Alaska, and New England. His current paintings tend to focus on rural Utah scenes and local historic buildings. He has sold many paintings in recent years, and usually has about 10-20 on display at any time in the Spring City Gallery and at other venues.


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