Valoy Eaton (b. 1938), "Early Winter", 1980, oil on canvasboard, 18 x 24", frame: 27 x 33"
Regional landscape painter Valoy Eaton was born March 29, 1938, in Vernal, Utah. During the Depression, the family moved to Bingham for work in the Kennecott copper mine. When Valoy was five, the family returned to Vernal, where he first started experimenting with art. During the next few years, Eaton continued to pursue his interest in art. In 1960, after graduation from Brigham Young University, where he studied art and played basketball on scholarship, Eaton moved to California, planning to study at the Art Center in Los Angeles. But a one-year waiting list sent Eaton and his wife back to Utah, where he got a job at Cyprus High School in Magna, Utah, as art teacher and coach. Painting at night, he returned to Brigham Young for more training, working with Dale Fletcher, and receiving his M.A. degree in 1971.
By this time, Eaton was able to quit teaching. In 1975, he took part in the annual exhibit of the National Academy of Western Art. In 1976, he was awarded the silver medal in the Royal Western Watercolor Show in Oklahoma City. He has since exhibited throughout the United States in Chicago, Houston, New York, San Francisco, Pittsburgh, and Salt Lake City. Eaton is an executive member of the National Academy of Western Art and a member of the Cowboy Hall of Fame. His work is in the collections of the Brigham Young University School of Law, Provo; Springville Museum of Art, Utah; Fort Worth National Bank, Texas; the J. Evetts Haley History Center, Texas; and Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah.