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Artist of the Year 2011

Luke Frazier

Luke Frazier grew up hunting and fishing in the mountains of northern Utah. These early forays into nature instilled a kinship with the wildlife, and a passion for the outdoors. Later, his formal art training occurred at Utah State University, where he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting and a Master of Fine Arts degree in illustration.

His love of fly fishing and hunting is apparent in his work. Influenced by the art of Winslow Homer, Edgar Payne, Bruno Liljefors, Wilhelm Kuhnert, Carl Rungius, and Bob Kuhn, Frazier appreciates the strength of drawing, color and emotion put into their art work.

Frazier's work has often been compared to that of Carl Rungius and Bob Kuhn, noted masters of wildlife art. Recent praise has come from Bill Kerr, cofounder of the National Museum of Wildlife Art, and John Geraghty, a board member of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, both Frazier collectors.

Frazier's work has been included in the book Leading the West. In 2007 Frazier was included in the new book The Fine Art of Angling, and his work "The Tillamook Creel" adorned the cover. Frazier was chosen to be featured artist at the Jackson Hole Fall Arts Festival in 2007 and Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, in Charleston South Carolina in 2010. He has been profiled in Art of the West, Wildlife Art, Big Sky Journal and Southwest Art. His paintings frequently appear in Field & Stream, Gray's Sporting Journal, Sporting Classics and Alaska.

He received the Founders Favorite Award at the Art for the Parks competition in 2002 and the Wildlife Art Award in 1994, 1996, and 1997, and has been recognized on the National Parks stamp.