COLBY — Colby’s High Plains Art Club is made up of talented artists, and Tom Peyton is one of them. In addition to being an excellent artist, Peyton also is pastor of Mingo Bible Church in Mingo.

He always had artistic ability, but when he moved to Colby from Wyoming in 2009, he made up his mind to develop his art ability and to gain experience. That is why he joined High Plains Art Club. Because that organization consisted of mostly women, Peyton encouraged his wife, Kathie, to join the club with him. She doesn’t think of herself as an artist, but does do a lot of crafts and sewing.

“Kathy has been an extra added prize for the art club due to her organization abilities and is presently serving as secretary for our organization,” said Vicky Oard, art club president.

Through the years, Peyton has attended many art training sessions, read many instructional books, entered many art shows and attended numerous art displays. As a result, other art club members say he has improved immeasurably.

His paintings have won numerous prizes, and at last year’s High Plains Art Club’s yearly art show, Peyton won best of show on his acrylic painting titled “Meadowlark Lake.” It is a painting of a place where he and his family used to go often when he was a child in Wyoming. The depth of that painting’s background is tremendous and the rocks in the foreground look as if you actually could pick them up.

Peyton also won first place for his acrylic painting titled, “Orange Tractor.” This painting was of Peyton’s mother’s uncle driving the old orange tractor he still was driving at the time of the show.

Peyton also does a lot for the community, his church and Heartland Christian School, where he teaches a class of Bible study. He also writes an occasional religious column for Colby Free Press’ “From the Pulpit” section.

The Peytons have three children: Gwen Griffin, Josh and Jana Voth. They also have four grandchildren and one on the way in March.

Visitors can view some of Peyton’s work at the Art on the Oasis Art Show, sponsored by the High Plains Art Club and Colby Community College, in the College Student Union on March 3 to 5. For more information about the show, visit www.colbycc.edu.

Artists and photographers, either professional, amateurs or students, who wish to enter work in the show can contact Molly Lamb for a brochure and entry form at (785) 751-4201 or email her at jmlamb@st-tel.net.