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Austin was raised in Rathdrum, Idaho and educated in the Pacific Northwest. He holds a BFA in Painting and Printmaking from Western Washington University and a MFA from Washington State University.

In the studio, Austin uses large-scale watercolor painting to explore modern representations of the human figure, landscape and still life. His interest lies in creating images addressing social, political, psychological and behavioral aspects of our global community as a whole, and the societal impact of consumerism, exploitation and human desire. 

Over the past seven years, Austin has taught studio art courses at six institutions of higher education including courses in painting, drawing, printmaking, design, foundational courses, sculpture and illustration. HIs achievements have been recognized with both state and national awards and has exhibited his artwork nationally.

Austin currently lives in Pennsylvania where he works as the Visiting Assistant Professor of Painting at Gettysburg College. He is showing new work at a solo exhibition  at the Macrostie Art Center in Grand Rapids, MN in May of 2019.