Chad Poppleton, a resident of Cache Valley, Utah, has been passionate about art for as long as he can remember. His interest began while on the farm and ranch with his father and grandfather working with animals, understanding their attitudes, behaviors, and confirmations. Chad’s father, also an artist, taught him how to draw and look at things with an artist's eye. Chad's experiences while hunting, fishing and exploring the mountains has molded his relationship with nature. Observing wildlife and being in their environment captivates him. “Interpreting the behavior and character of each animal in its natural environment is the motivation for my work. Studying, sketching, life painting, and observing the animal’s behavior helps me to find their characteristics and relay that into the canvas.” He studied at Utah State University, directed by Glen Edwards, and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts/ Illustration. Chad continues to further his education by taking workshops and critique from many accomplished artists: such as Jim Norton, Jim Wilcox, Grant Redden, Jason Rich, and Dave Wade.