chris peterson

B.F.A Fine Art Painting

M.S. Environmental Humanities

M.P.A. Nonprofit Management & Environmental Policy

Chris taught elementary art (K-6) in 2009, which inspired him to begin moonlighting on murals and organizing community arts projects. In 2017, a series of wildlife murals led him back into the studio to refine his painting and design processes. His practice today includes studio work and custom murals. Chris lives in Holladay, Utah with his wife Lisa, four daughters, a lab, and seven chickens.


Chris Peterson (b. 1975) grew up in the foothills of the Wasatch Mountains. Inspired by the wild places of the American West, he began painting in his twenties. He studied painting at BYU and Kansas City Art Institute and spent time living and painting in New York City. 

In 2001, Chris shifted to pursue a career working in conservation and community- building organizations. This work included Colorado River advocacy and restoration, rural development programs in Africa and Asia, and directing a community center and arts programs for Salt Lake City. Graduate studies at the University of Utah during this time earned Chris an M.P.A. in Nonprofits & Environmental Policy and an M.S. in Environmental Humanities.