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Jason Olson, Deseret Morning News
Artist Molly Williams looks over the artwork on display in the BYU Illustration Alumni Show Feb. 1. The exhibit features 41 artists who now share their art with the world.

PROVO — Artists trained in the Brigham Young University illustration program are bringing their talents back to Utah County at this year's first BYU Illustration Alumni Show.

The exhibit features 41 artists who now share their art with the world, said Naomie White, Utah County Art Gallery president.

Many of the graduates work and have worked for Disney, Hallmark, the New York Times, Ensign magazine, DreamWorks and Harper Collins Publishing.

Art professor Robert Barrett has been teaching in the program for 26 years.

Other artists have stayed close to their roots, including Jose Flores whose airbrushed pieces are often seen in the Random Sampler section of the Ensign magazine.

Magazine assignments are usually given with a four-week deadline, but half that time is spent doing research, Flores said. The actual paintings take the rest of the time.

Other images have appeared in a variety of places, including his "Mechanical Eagles" illustration, on thousands of computer mouse pads.

Natalie Malan illustrated "Candle in the Window," a book by Michelle Ashman Bell published by Covenant Communications. Two of her oil paintings are in the show.

A seamstress as well, Malan stitched three dresses for the model before creating the paintings. She began with drawings sent to the publisher for approval.

The art represents a storyline about the author's grandmother that took place around 1910. Malan painted 15 oils for the book.

Julie Olsen, another illustrator and BYU alumna, works from her Spanish Fork home to create illustrations in pen and ink and watercolor. Her work is featured in the children's book, "Already Asleep" by A.D. Tarbox.

Illustrating for the children's book, educational, board game and magazine market allows her to be a stay-at-home mom, she said.

"I always have at least one job going," Olsen said.

She markets her work by sending postcard proposals to publishers.

Shari Griffiths and Heidi Darley are a mother/daughter art team. They specialize in portraiture and murals. Many grace the homes and offices of Utah professionals.

The BYU illustration program allowed her to explore other styles other than traditional, said Griffiths.

Heidi Darley is currently painting the portraits of Utah's federal judges. Her painting of Jay S. Quinney hangs in the Utah State University law library.

The exhibit work includes traditional gallery fine art, children's book art, magazine illustration and commissioned portraiture to modern uses of illustration.

If you go . . .

What: BYU Illustration Alumni Show

Where: Health and Justice Building, 151 S. University Ave., Provo

When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., now through Feb. 22

Cost: free

E-mail: rodger@desnews.com