Trent Gudmundsen grew up on a small farm in rural Utah. As a young man, Gudmundsen's passion for art was obvious, and although his paintings were raw and emotional, he showed great promise. Nearly every day he would go out into the fields and hills near his home and record his impressions of the world around him. As a teen, the artist became acquainted with Valoy Eaton, an award-winning landscape artist who guided Gudmundsen's passion. One lesson that Trent feels very fortunate to have learned from Valoy was the importance of constant study of the best art the world has to offer.
Among Gudmundsen's greatest artistic influences are the works of John Singer Sargent, Anders Zorn, Joaquin Sorolla, Leconte Stewart, and Eaton himself. Gudmundsen has indeed learned the most from simply enjoying great works of art, and from then taking that built-up passion out into "the field" to paint...a lot.
Simply put, Gudmundsen seeks out beauty and to depict it honestly. A relatively quick and prolific painter, Trent's works are filled with brushstrokes that are expressive and full of life. Gudmundsen's driving force is twofold: first, the unending pursuit to paint a better painting (more "honestly", as he puts it); and second, the constant inspiration that comes before him in the form of perfect natural compositions in nature, beautiful and unexpected plays of natural light on the landscape, and quiet yet substantial moments of human work and play. Recently, the artist's work has earned acclaim on a national level in shows and publications, including two Oil Painters of America National Exhibitions with an "Award of Excellence" at each, and a full-length feature in Southwest Art. Gudmundsen's work is currently represented by nine fine art galleries in five Western U.S. states. Trent and his wife and their four children now live on a 7-acre farm in southeast Idaho.