D. McGarren Flack
McGarren Flack was born in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1979. His father was a Dentist and his mother stayed at home to raise the kids. McGarren would draw here and there like any child his age and became interested in comic books as a teenager. He took a drawing and painting class in high school mostly because he couldn't sing or play an instrument well.
It wasn't until he moved back to Washington D.C. to serve a mission for the LDS church that he realized painting had a strong impact on him. He went to the National Gallery of Art and saw the John Singer Sargent traveling exhibit in 2000 and was amazed that an artist could have created such life like works but have such simple brush strokes. After returning home in 2001 from his mission, McGarren met his wife at a Dixie State College dance while visiting St. George and they were married 8 months later. The new couple moved to Utah County to go to school. Flack went to Utah Valley University to earn his associates and to prepare to go to med school. It was always in his sites to become a Cardiovascular Surgeon. He needed to take an art class to earn his associates so he took a drawing class. He did not like his teacher or some of the content taught in the class but he found that when he would draw time had no existence. Becoming an artist was his new found desire.
McGarren changed his major to art and then searched for the school in Utah that would best train him to draw and paint the figure. All the fine art schools focused on non-representational art so he went to Brigham Young University and was accepted into the Illustration program. He also studied with Ryan Brown. Flack's father died just before he earned his BFA in 2005 at BYU and so his family moved to SLC to help his newly widowed mother. Flack had been selling his art in local galleries and art shows before being accepted into the University of Utah's MFA program in painting in 2006 and also studied with Kamille Corry on the side. In 2008 McGarren earned his MFA and started teaching at the local universities due to the economy tanking.
Currently McGarren teaches full time as an Assistant Professor at Dixie State University in St. George, Utah and sells his artwork nation wide to various collectors.