Mr. Deist has been painting since he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Colorado in 1976. Using oils as his primary medium, his subjects include the Colorado mountains, southwest landscapes and wildlife. Often he travels to the Taos and Santa Fe area where he enjoys capturing the adobe homes nestled in the hills of the Sangre De Cristo mountains.
His paintings have been accepted in many juried shows including the competition for the National Arts for the Parks, The Best and the Brightest of Scottsdale Artists school, and the Wichita Small Oil Painting Exhibition. In the Art for the Parks, his work was selected for the permanent collection, and another was selected for the publicity brochures.
Mr. Deist is a continuing student of color, light and composition. Painting on sight allows him to capture accurate color and color relationships. It also keeps him in touch with the source of his work: The miraculous shades of beauty that tickle the eyes and enliven the spirit.