LOGAN – Brent Borup, who calls Preston home, specializes in Christian art. The art is a combination of digital manipulation and painting giving his prints a unique look.
The father of three moved his family from the Boise area to Preston 10 years ago and worked for a local framing business.
He said most of his life he has painted religious art. He tried to paint other things but he felt strongly his talent should be tied to religious subjects.
The Meridian native has been a self-employed artist for four years and before that, he did work for Framed Legacy which produced framed art of temples built by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Framed Legacy is no longer in business. The art and frame business jump-started his career giving his work exposure at large box stores throughout the inter-mountain area.
Today, a major part of his sales come from his website. Up until this year he has taken his artwork to some 20 various gift shows a year. This year, he plans to slow down to maybe 10 shows a year so he can create new artwork.
He will be one of the vendors at Logan’s Novemberfest this weekend in Logan.
“I really try to keep my prices reasonable,” Borup said. “I try to make large mounted canvas prints that will cost more, but I also offer paper prints that are less expensive.”
He said some of his work he can do quickly and he can sell them for less than things that take a great deal of time. Cost also depends on the finished product.
Borup uses a neighbor as a model for his pictures of Christ, but by the time he finishes his work and holds the finish product next to his models, most people would have a hard time matching the two.
From the beginning of his career he felt like he was inspired to paint Christian art.
“I figured what better to use my talent than to we make a difference in the world for good,” Borup said. “I did a lot of things in the past that I never felt as passionate about as I do about this type of art.”
Borup is one of nearly 80 vendors at the long-running Novemberfest Arts and Crafts Fair held again this year at the Riverwoods Conference Center on Friday and Saturday, November 29-30, from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. both days.