It takes great appreciation of a subject to capture its essence so precisely. That appreciation can come from many different places.

“People are a product of their upbringing,” says Utah wildlife painter Chad Poppleton. “As a kid I was taught to love the land and appreciate God’s creation and really look at things. Family rides meant so much to me. We would take Sunday afternoon rides through the country and the mountains. We were always quick to point out how beautiful it all was. As a result of that, I have a kinship and stewardship, a sense of responsibility for giving back. When you really love something, you want to care for it.”

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