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An Artist Who Commands His Own Path, Dillon Utter Is as Mellow as Mountain Air

Colin Munro Wood

An Artist Who Commands His Own Path, Dillon Utter Is as mellow as mountain air, talented as anyone in history, and packs a whole lot more into a strong and agile physique. He is an educated and awarded artist, and hiker extraordinaire.

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One Way Deception – 2019 Oil on Panel, Diptych 48×30″ |Art courtesy of Dillon Utter

Dillon Utter is an artist of many styles, genres, and eras. He has a chill personality, as crisp as a perfectly painted morning at the crest of a high summit overlooking a vast valley of fall foliage. I have followed Dillon on social media for a couple of years. I was first attracted to his story posts of him and his friends hiking different mountains, foot trails, and varying ventures.

A bit later, I realized he was also an artist. I won't say I can stand in a gallery and speak true artist-speak with anyone. But I have loved great art since I was a child and have a keen eye for what is superb, unique, and masterful in thought and design.

I've visited the Louvre and the National Museum of Modern Art in Paris. I've been to the Guggenheim and the NYC Modern Museum of Art. I've been to many places which captured incredible pieces and displayed them for all to see.

Heck, I even love most art heist films. They are usually pretty good. Anyway, the first piece of Dillon's art that I laid eyes on online was something modern and unique I remember. I can't remember what it was, but it was probably stunning.

Artists of all types spend varying amounts of time creating their art. It doesn't matter what they are working on because it will be completed in a timeframe that suits them.

Some artists can do their work quickly and precisely, while others take months and do it bit by bit. Whatever their process, the end result matters the most, as what was in their mind as they worked on their work.

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Returning to My Roots |Photo courtesy of Dillon Utter

Dillon's paintings, oils, pencils, watercolors, and hand-made art pieces are superb, and some are deeply intricate. It is difficult to compare him to some of the greats throughout history due to his originality. I don't know and don't think he spends months on end creating his pieces, but they look like he took great care in creating them.

Dillon gives attention to detail and emotion in his own way. But I see glimpses of his predecessors that shine through. These attributes blend together perfectly and pull your attention directly to them as you may pass by them in stories on Facebook, Instagram, his site, or in person.

I don't think you could go wrong with any one of his artworks in your home or office, from what I've seen, but there is more to this young, dashing, and well-mannered man.

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A Melissa Mosher artwork with Dillon Utter |Courtesy of Mosh Photography

Dillon is a gentleman like Jim Stewart was a gentleman. I met him a few weeks ago between his many ventures at The North Brewery on Washington Ave in Endicott. He was serving beers, flashing smiles, telling stories, and enjoying his day and the people around him.

He has blonde hair, blue eyes that look right into you, and the charm and smile of Errol Flynn. This very trim guy has much more under his belt than art. He is also an avid hiker, is quite knowledgeable, and is the kind of person a father like me would be proud to have as a son-in-law one day.

Right now, though, Mr. Utter has more plans in store. He recently finished hiking the 46 Adirondack Mountains, which makes him a member of the Adirondack 46ers organization. It is considered a significant feat. I am not familiar with it, but I hope to learn more.

Dillon loves hiking with his friends, which includes a fantastic young photographer and artiste named Melissa Mosher who owns Mosh Photography, and has a profile on Vogue. Here is some of her spectacular work.

He shares many ventures through photos and on media, including videos. If you've ever wanted to hike the Appalachian Trail or Adirondacks and other areas in the east and don't have the ability or option to do so, check out all of his stuff. It is a great way to feel like you are there, and he loves that he can do that for others.

Dillon is friendly, carries a great conversation, as you might expect of a hiker, and makes you feel comfortable in your own skin. His youth is only a measure of how long he has enjoyed life and others. His wisdom is invaluable.

Utter is a great representative for the younger generations and is one many can follow and learn from without his even trying to. He breathes confidence, goodness, and empathy. The fun he enjoys on his hikes and mountain climbs is invaluable and inspiring. If I ever need a lift in spirit, I know I can get to one of his media pages and find anything of his that will cheer me up and remind me that life is much bigger than we realize.

Dillon can fill people with a desire and need to live, a want for freedom, a love for the beauty of the Earth, and the calmness of nature. Many of Dillon's works are based on his long trips that include spectacular scenery and portraits of people he sees along the way.

Utter isn't afraid to use his own body for art, either. He has quite a European vibe to him. I hope he gets to hike some of the beautiful places across the pond and explore the complete feeling of being surrounded by its history.

Dillon has put up some shows in Broome County and beyond. You could ask him about that. He will be happy to answer any questions you have. I believe grabbing one of his beautiful art pieces now is vital to your personal collection.

His artwork deserves to be in the top museums and art shows around the world...in my humble opinion. If I were you, I would get in touch with him to look at what he has and see if you can work something out with him, or check out his website below.

I have a plan to possibly help Mr. Dillon Utter with putting together a book of his planned journey along the entire Appalachian Trail. This would include notes in a journal he takes along the way and new art.

Dillon is also a musician, plays piano, and writes. A highly talented and likable guy. Hey, I saw ski goggles on his Twitter page and I know he's posted some of those photos before.

I read A Walk in the Woods long ago, fell in love with the adventure, and always wished I could do the same. Another favorite adventure book of mine is Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose. I planned to do that hike and got the gear, but my hiking mates changed their minds as the day got closer. I had no interest in taking on such a long hike alone.

Dillon is the owner and operator of www.dillonutter.com, an artist-in-residence at The North Brewery, in Endicott, NY, and received his Bachelor of Fine Arts at the revered School of Visual Arts, in New York City. Dillon's impressive credits include:

Solo Exhibitions

2019                Old Friend, New Genre, The Broome County Arts Council- Artisan Gallery, Binghamton, NY

2016                Unseen Lives: Untouched Power, Orazio Salati Gallery, Binghamton, NY

Selected Group Exhibitions

2019                Human Variations, The Roxbury Arts Group- Walter Meade Gallery, Roxbury, NY

2018                Song Of Myself- Self Portraits, The National Arts Club, New York, NY

2016                Contemporary Figures: Form Beyond Function, The National Arts Club, New York, NY

2016                Will Barnet Student Exhibition, The National Arts Club, New York, NY   

2016 Future Critical, Daniel Cooney Fine Art, New York, NY

2016 LinkedIn: From Photography, to Painting, to Sculpture and New Media, SVA Chelsea Gallery, New York, NY

2016 Cross-Cultural Dialogue: Sino-American Art and Design Students Exhibition, Jacob K. Javits Center, New York, NY

Awards/ Grants/ Scholarships

2016 SVA Alumni Grant, The School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

2012 Silas H. Rhodes Scholarship, The School of Visual Arts, New York, NY

.2011 First Place Award, Congressional Art Competition: New York’s 22nd District, United States Capitol Building, Washington, DC

I sure hope his plans work out, and if I get to be any part of putting his story and art out to the world, it will be a great honor. Thanks for meeting with me, Dillon.

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