Travis Sylvester Fish Artist
Travis Sylvester just turned 41, has been married for 19
years, has a wonderful wife, two awesome kids, and two little dogs.
He was born In the Salt Lake City area and still calls it
home. He loves what Utah has to offer as far as the mountains, desert, and countless lakes and
streams. He can leave his home and be at 10,000 feet in elevation and far away from the crowds
within a one hour drive.
His hobbies are just about anything fishing related,
drawing, tying flies, riding his ATV, camping, shooting, working in my yard, or anything outside,
photography, and working with computer graphics.
About his colored pencil artwork:
Travis has been drawing for as long
as he can remember. He recalls entering a drawing contest in kindergarten and winning a ribbon or
something. He continued drawing through school and always enjoyed sitting down with pencils and paper. He
was recently reminded, his mom did not take exception to me expressing myself with oil pastels on the walls of
my room while in my teens, in fact she encouraged it.
In high school I was introduced to colored pencils by his art teacher Peggy Anderson. She
was his favorite teacher and was and is an amazing watercolor artist. She could really see that working with
color as opposed to pencil, graphite, or charcoal had really caught his attention, which at that time
in his life, catching my attention was tough for anyone to do.
He continued drawing here and there for a while after
school, but picked it up again around 1997. He started drawing some abstract, surreal, and actually kind of
weird stuff when I look back at it. I enjoyed being creative and letting what happens happen when it came to my
artwork. He had some of his work in galleries in the Salt Lake area as well as a friend's gallery in
Brentwood, CA. He sold a couple of pieces here in Salt Lake, but got caught up in being a new dad, work, and
everything else that happens when your in your 30's and put the pencils away.
In 2009, he felt like he really needed to draw again.
It had been about a ten years since he had drawn anything. During those ten years, he had spent a lot of
time outdoors. he had gotten reacquainted with nature, fishing and doing the things he did as a
kid. He figured it was a perfect time to mesh two things that I enjoy doing.
Since November of 2009, he has completed 24 new
drawings, four of which have been commissioned. In 2010, he entered one of them, “Bonneville Cutthroat” into
the Utah State Fair and won two honorable mention ribbons on it. In 2011, He entered "Rainbow Reflections" and
won first place in it's category. In 2012, I entered "Whiplash" and "Above The Rim" into the Salt Lake County Fair.
"Whiplash" won a "Sweepstakes" ribbon as well as a first place ribbon, and "Above The Rim" won a High Blue ribbon.
In 2012, he also entered "Smith River Gold" into the Utah State Fair and won a 5th place ribbon in the
professional category. He also recently signed a deal with Montana Fly Company to use my artwork on some of
He gets inspired by viewing all of the great artwork found
on the web. He enjoys the many different styles and techniques, one day he may try his
hand with oils or acrylics to see what may happen...