The Artists

The Artists

UBVA is made up of a team of talented artists and art Promoters with a wide range of skills and experience. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. We look forward to sharing our talents and working with you.

Deena Riley Millecam

Painter, UBVA Founder

Artist, grandma, and biker. Ex-President of Uintah Basin Visual Arts, an exciting group of local artists dedicated to further the arts in the Uintah Basin.  Past educator, present painter. Love the out-of-doors. Participate in cycling in the World Senior Games in St. George. Enjoy family and friends and appreciate all they bring to my life each day. 


Jeanne Newman

Painter, UBVA Sectretary

My first love was to draw and paint animals, pet portraits, and the western landscape. I work in oils, acrylics, watercolor, and mixed media. I believe it is the task of the artist to elevate the mundane to the sublime, and it is a privilege to share my appreciation of our beautiful landscape with others.


Jasmynn States-Lawson 

Owner of The Light Of The Loom Studio, UBVA Co-VP  

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Social Media: thelightoftheloom

Stephen Sandau


I live in the beautiful Uintah Basin… a picturesque region tucked up in the northeast corner of Utah. We have a variety of vistas and stunning landscapes to capture through the lens. Whether it’s a grand sweeping view of Flaming Gorge from the Red Canyon Overlook or the barren badlands of Red Wash. Not all the Basin beauty is on a grand scale. I love to find the small details to photograph. From miniature mushrooms to the petals of an alpine flower, or a prickly pinecone nestled in a bed of pine needles. 



Sherril B. Porter

Painter, UBVA Treasurer, Webmaster

Studied art in high school & college.  Worked as a lab tech and a sign maker.  Retired to painting with oils, watercolor, and other mediums. Paint mainly landscapes but also include buildings and figures and other subjects.  Paint from photos, reverence material, imagination, or plein air.


Lori Gillman

Graphic Designer, UBVA Co-president

Lori Gillman is a free-lance graphic designer. She taught commercial art/graphic design, yearbook, English, journalism, art, library, and advised many clubs and activities during her 39 years of service to the Uintah School District. “I love the challenge of every project and love learning new stuff!”


Abby J Fox

Painter, Illustrator

A traditional artist based in the Western US.  She studied printmaking at Colorado State University, and has since expanded her art practice to include painting and illustration.  In 2019, inspired by travel, Abby left her heavy printmaking tools at home to take her sketchbook on a trip around the world. She continues to document her adventures through printmaking and an *almost* daily drawing practice.

Jim Atherton

Illistrator, Artist

From Las Vegas to Lapoint! I’ve always had family in the Uintah Basin, in the Deep Creek area. In late 2021, our family traded city living for the country and are building a home in Lapoint, surrounded by family and beauty, living a simpler life. I have been involved in illustration and publishing for over 25 years. Painting in oils, my preferred medium, is one that I continue to explore and discover. The familiar landscapes and life in Deep Creek are my inspiration. Visiting Deep Creek throughout my childhood has increased my desire to infuse that joy in my paintings. My greatest hope is to share the beauty and love that I have for my home.