"Barn Owl" by Todd Powelson

“Barn Owl” by Todd Powelson

I was asked if I’d come up with some new artwork for HawkWatch International, a raptor and environmental conservation group. I love HawkWatch and the work they do, so I said “Sure!”

Here is my new owl artwork. It’ll be screen-printed on t-shirts and other apparel, and should be available soon through HawkWatch International‘s website. I’ll post an update once it is, but in the mean time, I hope your eyes enjoy!


Rattlesnake & Butterflies

"Rattlesnake & Butterflies" by Todd Powelson

“Rattlesnake & Butterflies” by Todd Powelson

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about serpents, how I’d been seeing them regularly, and how they’d laid eggs in my imagination that were waiting to hatch. And finally, one of those ideas was born in this new artwork.

I’d decided on how I would show the snake in my work, the basic composition and posture (I guess snakes have posture too, ha!) shown above, with it sort of looping back on itself. Then, about a week or so ago when I was out on one of my many walks, I saw this large snake crossing my path about eight feet up ahead of me. It saw me too, decided to turn around, looped back on itself, and slithered back the way it came. Basically showing me what I had been seeing in my minds eye already. I started working on this new artwork the next day.

Did I mention the butterflies in my first “Serpent” post, where I tried to describe my rattlesnake encounter? I don’t think I did, but they were there. Butterflies flying all around, above that rattlesnake in the grass. Beautiful.

This is my first piece, but I’m sure snakes will show up again in my artwork. Yep, my first of many digital-snake-drawings. But I like this artwork so much I’ve decided to put it on a t-shirt so I can wear it up in the hills and say to those snakes, “Yo! Check it out”. And, check this out, you can get one of these t-shirts too: toddpowelson.threadless.com/designs/rattlesnake-butterflies

Wisdom Descends

"Wisdom Descends" by Todd Powelson

“Wisdom Descends” by Todd Powelson

Down from the great light spiral She steps,

Spirits great and small follow close behind.

The digital painting (above), called “Wisdom Descends”, was a whole lot of fun to make but took me a very long time to finish. Whew, I’m so glad to see it done, and so happy with how She turned out.

This artwork is based on the old Gnostic story of Sophia. I’ll admit, the story has evolved and changed in my own mind and imagination, but its still heavily inspired by those original Gnostic thinkers.

For me, in my own personal mythology, Sophia (a.k.a. Wisdom) has come to represent the spirit and life-force of the Earth. She is the Earth, and the Earth is something Her spirit created and stepped down into. The Earth is Her material body, and Her spirit and soul sleeps and dreams us all (plants, animals, people) into being.

I know it probably sounds weird, but this is also something that makes me very happy to think about.

Visually, I wanted to focus primarily on the figure, geometry, color, and abstraction. When I started this piece, I’d planned on filling the background with a whole lot more geometry, pattern and shapes, but as I continued working I liked the idea of just leaving the background pure white. Representing the light Sophia is leaving, in favor of the earth-tones of Her material body. The sky and cloud colored fabric morphs into a celestial wing, and in the geometry of that wing you can see hints of animal (primarily bird) shapes following close behind (click the image above for a larger view).

You can buy this as a high quality 20″ x 10″ or a 40″ x 20″ canvas print through my website by visiting www.toddpowelson.com

This artwork will begin Chapter 4 of my “Songs from the Earth” series, and you can check out the rest of that series by clicking here.

Deer @ The Springville Museum of Art


“Deer” by Todd Powelson

I’m really happy to say that my deer, above, will be hanging in the Springville Museum of Art‘s upcoming 92nd Annual Spring Salon. If you’re able, stop in and check it out.

At dusk, a deer walks out of the golden forest onto the trail in front of me. We stand looking at one another. Soft light and shadows define the angles of its strong animal body. Slowly, he walks up the hill and into the trees.

Here is a little more information about the show:

Wednesday April 20, 2016
Exhibition Opens
*Opening Reception and Artists in Conversation, 7:00-8:30 pm

Saturday July 9, 2016
Closing date of exhibition

126 E 400 S, Springville, UT 84663

Hours & Admission:
The Museum is open Tuesday – Saturday 10am to 5pm, Wednesdays 10am to 9pm, and Sundays 3pm to 6pm. Closed Mondays and Holidays. Admission is Free.

eARTh @ the Urban Art Gallery


I’m very happy to let ya know that my artwork will be on display at the Urban Arts Gallery, in downtown Salt Lake at the Gateway. The show opens Tuesday, April 5th and runs through the end of the month. There will also be a reception Gallery Stroll eve on Friday, April 15th at 6pm. I’ll be there and would love to meet you.

I’m so happy to be included in this group show. Although I’ve exhibited a few pieces here and there, these last 2+ years I’ve been more focused on making new artwork. Pretty much all of my work on display will be newer work, made during that time. Although I’ve shared my artwork here on ArtDuh and Facebook, now you’ll be able to see my new work in person! New artwork like my First World, Second World, Wolf, Nature Looks Back At You, Bird Of Prey, Seventh World, and Eighth World.

Stop on in and check it out! Here is a little more information:


Presenting works inspired by our relationship to the natural world. Featuring Alex Hall, Brooklyn Ottens, Carol Berry, Craig Fisher, Mike Jensen, Todd Powelson, and William Cannon.

Hours of Operation
Closed Mondays
Tuesday – Saturday 12-8pm
Sunday 12-6pm
Call us 801-230-0820

Located at 137 S. Rio Grande St. You’ll find the Urban Arts Gallery at the south end of The Gateway in downtown Salt Lake City, under the bridge by the Megaplex theater. Recommended parking in the Summer Lot or taking the UTA Trax to the Planetarium or Arena stations.

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“Guitar” by Todd Powelson


“Bird Of Prey” by Todd Powelson


“Deer” by Todd Powelson

Any old time is a good time to pick up a new t-shirt. But springtime might be the best time. And now, just in time, I’ve opened up my own artist t-shirt shop over on Threadless.

Forget that corporate swoosh, wear some artwork instead!

toddpowelson.threadless.com (or just click an image in this post to be taken it’s t-page)


“Winter Trees” by Todd Powelson


“Nature Looks Back At You” by Todd Powelson


“Dancer” by Todd Powelson


“Green Man” by Todd Powelson


“Blackbirds” by Todd Powelson


“The Eighth World (Sun)” by Todd Powelson


“The Dragon Walks The Earth” by Todd Powelson


“About Love” by Todd Powelson


“Western Caduceus” by Todd Powelson


“Dragon” by Todd Powelson


“The Wolf” by Todd Powelson


“Every Surface Will Break” by Todd Powelson

Nature Looks Back At You

"Nature Looks Back At You" by Todd Powelson

“Nature Looks Back At You” by Todd Powelson

Late last December I was (once again) walking through the hills in the cold winter dark. After a while, my mind started to drift to a book I had finished the day before. The book briefly went into the Genius Loci, which is the spirit of a specific place. A protective spirit that lives and serves a specific canyon, hill, or meadow. I started to think about the canyon I was walking up, because I know there is something there. I’ve felt it. It is a nice feeling, and I like it a whole lot. In my mind, I began to wonder what that spirit living in my canyon might look like…

And as soon as I had that thought, before the thought had even completely formed, a deer walked out of a bunch of trees about twenty feet above me and to my right. We just stood there looking at each other for a long time. She was beautiful, and I told her so. She was a doe, a deer, a female deer, but all of those trees behind made it look like she had this huge and incredible rack of antlers reaching up into the sky.

After what seemed like a long time, she started to move off, and I continued on my way. As I walked on, I kept thinking “Nature looks back at you.” This wasn’t the first time I’d thought and felt that Nature was watching, but I certainly did feel it that evening.

And Nature does look back at you. It looks through deer eyes. Through mouse and snake eyes. Through owl, rabbit and otter eyeballs. Even the trees and plants… they also know and see you in their own way. Just go outside for a while and sit with the biggest and oldest tree you can find, and you’ll see. You may also see that Nature also looks out through your eyes as well. We are all important pieces, helping complete creation.

Anyway, a few weeks later I was in a class doing in a sort of guided meditation. The meditation was meant to help you find/create a totem animal or, more accurately, a servitor that can assist you in some way. I had been struggling with some creative blocks that I felt like I needed help with. As I sat there meditating, my deer started to take shape in my mind’s eye. It was a different season, and it was sitting in the grass, but my deer with tree-horns came to visit me. It was great to see the deer again, and now you can see it too! Yep, right up there at the top of this post

You can also see my initial deer drawing below. I did the quick drawing after my class to help me get the shapes right.

You can buy my “Nature Looks Back At You” artwork as a canvas print through my website, toddpowelson.com. I’ve also just opened up an artist shop over on Threadless, and you can get the artwork to wear over there: toddpowelson.threadless.com


“Nature Looks Back At You” drawing – by Todd Powelson