Dean Bradshaw grew up in the Santa Monica Mountains in Southern California. From an early age, nature became his closest friend. He won many awards at art in high school, and a scholarship to the prestigious Art Center Institute in Los Angeles. As an adult, Dean spent several years in southern France where he painted and submersed himself into the local culture. Upon his return to the states, he had a rare opportunity to study furniture design and fabrication from the world renowned Andre Liardet who's studio was in Beverly Hills, California. He started his own successful business in 1976 where his heavily painted and carved works can be found among royalty, stars and prominent business people around the world. In 2006, Dean decided to devote his talents to painting full time. He lives in the mountains of northern Utah and finds himself surrounded by some of the most spectacular subject matter for which an artist could hope. His use of both the brush and the palette knife renders this visual wonderland into compelling landscapes. "It makes the work very textural and it keeps me from focusing too much on detail. When I paint thick, with a lot of color, it tends to be more on the feeling side than the technical side." In painting, Dean seeks to achieve abstract quality using recognizable shapes. Known for his strong textures and saturated colors, Dean makes up his own hues, often heightening them, yet remains true to nature." I like to do deep aspen interiors, because of the range of subtle colors makes an overall unified, harmonious painting."