Nate’s innate curiosity of nature flourished amongst the trees, flowers, grasses, & waterways of the Spanish Fork River Bottoms. The Bottom’s expansive flora & fauna were the ideal school for the study of nature’s wonders. Intensely curious Nate immersed himself in their offering every chance he could orchestrate. Examinations were the close inspection of plants, insects, woods, & animals. He shared this love of nature with his twin brother Matt, an ideal companion to learn, grow & experience adolescence with.
Together they were introduced to the Boy Scouts of America program & the opportunity to earn merit badges. From communications to finance to sculpting they earned every BSA merit badge possible. But the sculpting merit badge piqued Nate’s creative bent more than any other. His initial foray into sculpting was with oil based clay the love of which has flourished over the years.
His appetite for learning and exploring led him to scuba diving, falconry, spearfishing, building a home from foundation to finish carpentry, which deepened his eye for fine details.
At the age of 19 Nate volunteered to serve a mission in Guatemala in behalf of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. While one of the most difficult experience of his life it was also one of the most rewarding. He spent 2 years working to help improve living conditions and lives by building homes, digging wells, clearing forest, chopping wood & well, just touching others lives with love & service.
Like Nathan, Miranda grew up in Spanish Fork, Utah, just three doors down from her sweetheart.
Ever since Miranda was a little girl, she loved sneaking into her mom’s office and pulling out colored paper, scissors, glue, and anything else she could get her creative hands on. She spent hours making “scrapbooks” with pictures cut out of magazines and tied together with yarn.
In Jr. High she drew on scraps of notebook paper; little cartoons of pasta noodles with faces. Despite not taking the beginners art class, she begged the art teacher to let her in to advanced art where all her friends were discovering the wonderful world of art. Thanks, to Mr. Millman that became the start of her burgeoning art career.
When she was a Junior in High School, a part time art teacher, Mrs. Mitchell inspired her in more ways than just art. Miranda loved the way she taught and how her friendship and personality connected so well with the students. It was that inspiration that helped Miranda decide to become just like that. She wanted to inspire kids to create and use art as a channel of expressing themselves. After high school Miranda enrolled in the Art Education program at BYU Provo, but shortly after she married Nathan, who convinced her to transfer to BYU-Idaho in Rexburg where he was attending. Together Nate & Mury spent 3 ½ years experiencing all that Rexburg, Idaho had to offer before graduating and returning to their home town to continue growing in their passion for art together.