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Gallery HAPPENINGS January 2020

New Gallery Moab Members, new location!

Gallery Moab enthusiastically welcomes two new members in January. David L. Brown, a landscape photographer, and oil painter Daniel Hills, AKA Daniel Johnson, will both add new expertise and fresh artistic expression to the collective voice of the gallery.

David L. Brown is an internationally known landscape and travel photographer who has worked in more than 30 countries. Thousands of his pictures have appeared in print and he’s been represented by more than a dozen leading stock photo agencies in North America, Europe and the Far East. “I have been a photographer since I received a Kodak box camera for my birthday when in 4th grade. I majored in magazine journalism and photography at the top ranked Missouri School of Journalism. Following a successful career as a journalist and public relations counselor, I left the big city rat race of Chicago to follow my dream as a landscape and travel photographer. I’ve worked in more than 30 countries and had thousands of my pictures published. I am a Life Member of the American Society of Media Photographers.

For many years I worked as a large format and panoramic photographer, using 4x5 and 5x7 inch view cameras and special large format panoramic cameras. Today I use digital cameras and computer software to create my images. My love of nature and the outdoors has provided the foundation for my career as a photographer. I have collected a lifetime of precious memories while exploring this magnificent planet we call our home.” See more of David’s work at

Daniel Hills has been a passionate painter all his life. His very first memory is of scribbling with a cyan crayon on the inside of a cereal box, showing it to his mother and explaining that it was in fact a dragon. His natural artistic ability developed further through each grade due to teachers willing to let him stay in at recess and work on his art projects. His parents, Loren and Nancy, encouraged him by taking him to local art shows and fairs. In middle school, he sold his first painting in a student art show at the Moab Arts and Rec Center. Daniel’s passion for art continued through high school where he skipped lunch to work on a painting of a sunset for a young lady in his class, Alexis Sorensen. Five years later, Daniel and Alexis were married, and the painting hangs in their house to this day.

Daniel studied art for two years at Dixie State College and completed his BFA at Oregon State University with an emphasis in Painting. While Alexis worked on her Veterinary degree, Daniel continued to show and sell his work throughout Oregon and Utah, earning recognition and scholarship awards. In 2014 the couple returned to Moab where Alexis began working at the Moab Veterinary Clinic and Daniel held positions as a custodian, a security guard, and a night auditor. Working a combined 137 hours a week Daniel and Alexis were able to pay off their considerable student debts. He was able to leave his various positions to paint full time. Daniel spends most of his work day in Arches National Park painting the extraordinary red rock landscape of his home, and his evenings with his young family.

Gallery Moab will be moving to a new location in early January to refresh and renew itself. We invite our friends, patrons, and winter visitors to return and see the work of our new members, David L. Brown and Daniel Hills. Thank you to all who support local artists, and Happy New Year!

Work by gallery artists can been seen at and on Facebook or call 435-355-0024

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