Bighorn Gallery Exhibits
Diann N. Laing and Gail L. Denton
Facing West: Red Rock Everywhere
Experience the Reds of the Western Desert
November 1 thru December 31, 2019
Diann N. Laing
Diann Laing was born in Hollywood, California in 1941. As a
youngster she loved to draw and paint. She would illustrate
in pencil, watercolor, pastels, crayons, and oil. When she
graduated from high school, she was accepted at the Art
Center School of Design in Los Angeles to be part of a
medical illustration cohort to train for that profession.
However, Diann was born with double vision and the stress
on her eyes with the intense demands of rigorous art
classwork forced her to change her goals and leave art as a
Diann then attended Los Angeles State College and
graduated with a B.S. in health sciences. Her education
continued over the next many years where she obtained two
masters degrees and a Ph.D in Anatomy and Physiology.
However, her love of drawing and painting had not truly
waned and her mother gave her a French easel while Diann
was still in college. She attached a gift note saying: “one
day, I know that you may want to paint again and when you
do, here is your office”.
When Diann retired from the University, she remembered the
stored gift. She would once again happily venture back into the
painting world. Diann read an article about plein air painting and
decided that avenue would be a perfect fit since she loved
spending time outdoors. The paintings you see offered in the Big
Horn Gallery at Dead Horse Point visitor’s center are a reflection
of her current travels and explorations.
Gail L. Denton
From an early age, Gail traveled the world with her family. But it was her formative years in Utah that brought a love of the landscape to her heart.
Traveling the Intermountain West in her younger years, her back seat window view at her command, she watched the seasons, the mountains, canyons and valleys whip by. She saw Glen Canyon before it was lost to water.
Bryce and Zion before the roads went asphalt. The Grand Canyon before guard rails. Cedar City when it was a sleepy town with cheese factories that sold their wares to government inspectors (like her father).
So it is no surprise that ten years ago, when her interest turned to plein air (outdoor) painting, she naturally gravitated back to Utah for those familiar broad, open-skied, red rocked, deep canyoned aspen speckled ramparts.
The current showing of her work at the Dead Horse Point State Park’s Big Horn Gallery is a grand survey of the region which includes Dead Horse Point State Park, Canyonlands National Park, Arches National Park and the beauty of the Intermountain West.