Mountain Trails Gallery


John has been a highly sought after plein air painter of the West since the early 1980's. John and his wife Teresa have lived in Salt Lake City, Utah since 1991, and he maintains a studio in Taylorsville. He  teaches private plein air workshops each summer,  and an oil painting class at Salt Lake Community College. This year he taught a 3 day summer workshop for the Scottsdale Artist School in the beautiful surroundings of Grand Teton National Park. He is a highly sought out instructor and painting demonstrator with a national following.


"I think it is sometimes more effective to say a lot with less than to diminish a work with more and more things; painters often find that less is more in that sense".

"The landscape has always held a particular fascination for me, but I paint and consider all subjects worthy of my artistic attention."

"Capturing the effect of light in a painting does more to convey a sense of reality than all the detail an artist can heap on a canvas."

"In painting, the literal gives meaning to the abstract but, the abstract gives beauty to the literal; combined, the two transcend what could not be accomplished alone."

- John Hughes


  • First Place – "Main Street Paint Out," MidWay, Utah
  • Artist Choice Award Midway Plein Air Paintout
  • Artist of the Year – Big Bear, California
  • First place – "Best and the Brightest Show," Scottsdale Artists School
  • The Gallery Award of Excellence – Park City Gallery Association, Park City, Utah
  • Quick Draw Winner – Alliance for the Varied Arts – Cache Valley, Utah


  • A signature member of the Plein Air Painters of Utah
  • Teaches at the Salt Lake Community College
    course title: "Fundamentals of Landscape Painting"
  • A year and a half project painting murals for the LDS Church, Utah
    "After that experience, painting large has taken on a new meaning"
  • Instructor: Scottsdale Artist School
  • Featured Article in 15Bytes ezine
  • Feature in Weber Studies Magazine
  • He has been written about in publications such as:
    • "Art of the West"
    • "Bristol Bay Times" of Alaska, (where he was flown in with several other Utah artists to float back country rivers painting scenes for a major collector.)
  • Additionally, Vern Swanson and the late Robert Olpin wrote John up in the book "Artists of Utah."
  • Judge of art show(2011), Alliance for the Varied Arts – Cache Valley, Utah
  • Judge Utah State Fair
  • Judge Taylorsville City Art Show


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