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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

Life is a learning experience we should record. Each day we live and each experience we have adds another page to our personal histories. Brian Kershisnik of Kanosh, Utah is a historian as well; however, he doesn't use paper and pen. Brian is an artist and he creates paintings from life.

Brian has had enough experiences in his own life to fill an art studio. Brian tells me his father was a petroleum geologist who liked overseas assignments. Although he was born in the United States, Brian has lived in West Africa, Great Britain, Thailand, Pakistan and Texas. While he was in Pakistan, the American Embassy was burned due to events loosely connected to the Iran Hostage crisis. Brian's family evacuated and he was allowed to graduate early from high school.

Brian immediately came to Utah and started college at the University of Utah. At the time, he didn't know he wanted to be an artist. His interests leaned toward the study of architecture. This soon changed while taking art classes to prepare for architecture studies and he decided to major in art at BYU.

Now, Brian can't imagine being anything other than a painter. In the tiny town of Kanosh, where he lives with his wife and three children, Brian paints flamboyant images of people who are lost in the moments of their lives. The instant you lay your eyes on these pictures, an image from your own past will come to your mind. Brian paints and records history for himself and others in an old sandstone art studio across town from his house.

Brian's paintings have been influenced by his worldwide experiences. Any observer can see a Middle Eastern and oriental influence. Brian tells me artists like Klee, Gauguin, Rembrandt and Giotto have also influenced his painting.

Brian's work can be found at the David Ericson Fine Art Gallery in Salt Lake.

For Zions Bank, I'm Fred Ball. I'm speaking on business.

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