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Henry Leroy Gardner
(Payson, Utah , 1894 - 1979)
Roy Gardner was born in Payson, Utah, of pioneer parentage. As a boy, he worked on his father's farm and was greatly influenced by his experiences with nature. At an early age, he showed a natural ability in art. Later, while attending Brigham Young University, he had a chance to pursue this talent.
He enjoyed all of the arts--music, poetry, drama, and painting--so much that he had difficulty deciding which area to specialize in. However, his art training with E. H. Eastmond had a powerful effect on him, and he eventually graduated from the department of art and manual training.
Roy the entered the Art Institute of Chicago and later pursued studies at Pratt Institute in New York, where he received a diploma in normal art and manual training. He then studied art and education at the University of California. Gardner served as an elementary school principal and taught various subjects in high school. Most of his educational carer was spent teaching and supervising art in elementary and secondary schools.
Although Gardner preferred working in oils, he also produced water colors and etchings. Most of his work depicts Utah vallies and mountains and show his love of and familiarity with nature.