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Phyllis F. Horne

Phyllis Forsey Horne was born in Richfield, Utah in 1937. Her strength is in her dramatic handling of light and evocative painting of trees and gardens. She lives in Salt Lake City where she and her daughter Karen operate Horne Gallery in downtown Salt Lake City.

Horne began her formal art training at Brigham Young University and later enrolled in illustration courses at the Fashion Academy in New York. While raising her six children in Utah and California, she completed a correspondence course in art and took every art workshop available.

Horne was recognized as One of the Most Honored Artists of Utah in the Cultural Olympiad in the conjunction with the 2002 Olympic Winter Games. Her work is also featured in the permanent collections of the State of Utah and Salt Lake County. On Cottonwood Lane (1996) is an example of her work featured in the Springville Museum of Art permanent collection.

Biography adapted from material supplied by the Artist.

Born and raised in Richfield, a rural community in southern Utah Phyllis Forsey Horne grew up with original paintings in her home. This early exposure helped foster her love of art. Her first art award came quickly - in the second grade when she won a pencil box in a coloring contest.

Phyllis began her formal art training at Brigham Young University. She then made the bold move of taking the train to New York City where she began training in fashion illustration. Later, while raising her six children in California and Utah, she began directing her energies towards fine art. Over a period of several years, she enrolled in numerous evening courses, completed the Famous Correspondence Course, and actively involved herself in “every art class and workshop available.“

Three decades later, her work now hangs in numerous private and public collections, including the Utah State Art Collection at the Governor's Mansion, the Salt Lake County Collection, Kennecott Copper, St. Mark's Hospital, and the Springville Museum of Art. She has won many top state and national awards including “Best in Show and First Place“ at the Utah State Fair, and first place state and national award in the Gertrude Fogelson Mother of the Year Competition. She is a charter and signature member of the Utah Watercolor Society. She has exhibited actively on the local scene, including several years at the Utah “Days of 47“ Invitational. In 2002, Phyllis was honored to be elected “One of the Hundred Most Honored Artists of Utah“ by the Cultural Olympiad Curatorial Committee.

Phyllis F. Horne is represented by Horne Fine Art, a gallery in downtown Salt Lake City founded by her daughter, Karen Horne, also a professional artist, and son-in-law Michael Rowley. The gallery now presents the work of a dozen talented local artists, from emerging to established, primarily in theme-based exhibitions.

Phyllis is best known for her dramatic handling of light and her evocative painting of trees and gardens. Many of her works capture the fast disappearing landscape of rural Utah. When viewing the paintings, we have the sense that we know that path or have seen that bend in the road. Her paintings evoke memory and a deep respect for place.

To contact artist call the Horne Gallery, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Biography courtesy of the artist.

Link to Artist's website

Newspaper Articles

"Art Canvass." The Deseret News, February 21, 1999.

"Art Treasures Offer Possibilities For Treasured Christmas Gifts S.L. Area Exhibits Tailored To Fit Many Holidays." The Deseret News, December 11, 1988.

"Galleries." The Deseret News, October 1, 1995.

"Galleries." The Deseret News, December 22, 1991.

"Galleries." The Deseret News, April 5, 1992.

"Horne Opens New S.L. Gallery." The Deseret News, February 16, 2003.

"Painting Is All In The Family -- Literally." The Deseret News, September 5, 1999.

"Participants In The 2003 Color Of The Land Art Exhibit." The Deseret News, July 17, 2003.

"Showing at Local Galleries." The Deseret News, April 13, 2003.

"Showing At Local Galleries." The Deseret News, April 25, 2004.

"Showing At Local Galleries." The Deseret News, September 28, 2003.

"Showing At Local Galleries." The Deseret News, September 5, 1999.

"Spring Salon: Broad-Ranging Show Covers The Spectrum Of Contemporary Utah Art." The Deseret News, April 30, 1995.


Olpin, Robert S., William C. Seifrit, and Vern G. Swanson. Artists of Utah. Salt Lake City, UT: Gibbs Smith Publisher, 1999.

Swanson, Vern G., Robert S. Olpin, and William C. Seifrit. Utah Paintings and Sculpture. Salt Lake City, UT: Gibbs Smith Publishers, 1991.

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