Tree Art Gallery
By Neyda de la Peña
E X P A N D I N G P O S S I B I L I T I E S I N A R T
Arlin Pritchard was born in Twenty-nine Palms, Ca. October 15, 1972. Born just north of Joshua Tree National Park, his first breaths took in the warm air of the desert in fall. Arlin has felt a strong connection to nature especially desert environments his entire life.
The artist grew up studying stone masonry with his father in Utah, and has spent over twenty-five years creating stone fireplaces, walkways, walls, garden beds, water features, and more. this long period of study and experimentation has given Arlin ample time to get to know the differences in stone types, the way the stones absorb the striking, and also the visual possibilities within the patinas.
Inspirations from the Great Basin are wide ranging, from high mountain elevations to lower level sonoran desert environments. Arlin spent a season working with youth in and around central Utah's Henrie Mountains, Fish Lake National Forest, Boulder Mountain, Thousand Lakes, and Capital Reef National Park. He also worked for a few archaeological firms in the Sevier and Delta Valley's, and Dugway Proving Grounds in Utah, and Surprise Valley, Ca. Strong familiarity with the Great Basin and a deep understanding for prehistoric peoples in the region helps inspire the artist to create dramatic and surprising contemporary petroglyphs (stone tattoos).
Arlin studied psychology and figure sculpting at Utah Valley University and Brigham Young University. Additionally, the artist competed in track and field events throughout his academic career. The artist incorporates his love for the human figure in motion into some the art he creates today. His feelings of spiritual connections between humans alive and crossed over are also expressed in these stones.
Arlin's modern petroglyphs develop from many different angles of inspiration. Each stone tells its own story. The images share their power and blessings, with the spaces and people that become home to these remarkable pieces.