Austin is from Rathdrum, Idaho and was educated in the Northwest where he earned a B.F.A in Painting and Printmaking from Western Washington University and an M.F.A. with the same specialization at Washington State University. He currently is Lecturer of Painting and Drawing at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.

When he’s not working or making art, he generally spends his time making music and going on trips in the outdoors, camping and rock climbing. Travel, meeting new people and experiencing nature help him keep things in perspective and to remember how much there is to wonder about in our home, the universe.