Greg Newbold doesn’t remember life without art. His gift was recognized at an early age and was fueled by supportive parents who kept him supplied with paints, pencils, paper and clay. Greg earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in 1992 while working as a graphic illustrator in the software industry. After a fortuitous layoff two years later, and with the blessing of his supportive wife, Greg took the opportunity to plunge into a full time art career. He feels fortunate to be able to pursue a career in the field that he loves. His artistic philosophy is to make the world a more beautiful place through his paintings because "life needs art". Feeling a need to expand his skills and rediscover his love of art, Greg earned his MFA in Illustration at the University of Hartford in 2009 under the mentorship of such industry legends as Murray Tinkelman, C.F Payne and Gary Kelley. His skill set now includes digital painting and gallery oil painting.
With over twenty years as a successful freelance artist, his recognizable brand of work has been commissioned by such notable clients as Simon & Schuster, Random House, Heinz Foods, Harper Collins, Smuckers, Pilgrim’s Pride, Kleenex, Boy’s Life Magazine and Sony Pictures. He has also illustrated a dozen children’s books, including The Touch of the Master's Hand (Gold Leaf Press, 1996-Reissued- Stellar Books; 2007); companion books Winter Lullaby and Spring Song (Gulliver Books/Harcourt 1998; 2001), The Barnyard Night Before Christmas (Random House-2007); If Picasso Painted a Snowman and If da Vinci Painted a Dinosaur written by wife Amy Newbold (Tilbury House Publishers- 2017; 2018) and The Little Match Girl (Shadow Mountain; 2017).
Newbold’s work has been honored with awards from such groups as The Society of Illustrators (NY), Communication Arts, The American Institute of Graphic Design, the Los Angeles Society of Illustrators (Gold Medal), Spectrum and others. Greg is a five time Best of State-Utah winner in Drawing/Illustration and won the Best of State Statue for the entire Arts & Entertainment category for 2005. His work has been exhibited in New York City; Los Angeles; Columbus, Ohio; and around the Mountain west. He is currently focusing more time creating works for his galleries in Tuscon, Arizona and Salt Lake City. His works are included in many corporate and private collections.
When not painting Greg can be found enjoying vegetable gardening, fishing, or camping in the great outdoors with his family near their Salt Lake City home.