#WHYoming: Tyrell Jasperson


Welcome to a new SweetwaterNOW series, #WHYoming.

We are highlighting people from around our communities and asking them a few questions. We want to learn a little about them and see why they chose this great state to raise their families, start their businesses, or simply to ask — Why Wyoming?

This week I sat down with Tyrell Jasperson. Tyrell is a gifted airbrush artist with some impressive paintings, which you will see throughout the article. This year he decided to fully dedicate himself to airbrush painting.

How did you end up in Rock Springs?

I currently live in Rock Springs but I grew up in Green River. My Family has lived in the area since about 1950.


What is something unique about you?

I was in a motorcycle wreck when I was 19 that caused me to lose my sense of smell.


The first painting I did in high school was an Iroc Z 1985 Camaro. A week after I finished the painting I went and bought one. That summer I pushed it in the garage and it rolled out looking just like the Camaro in my painting.

– Tyrell Jasperson


What got you started doing airbrush art?

I grew up in the ATV and snowmobile business. Everybody had to have a helmet, a hood and a snowmobile that looked different from everybody else’s. Airbrushing was pushed in front of me. No one took me under their wing and said you’re doing this wrong or let me show you how to do this. I took it on by myself.

I learned by trial and error and screwed up a lot of helmets in my youth. When a helmet comes out with the texture of drywall, no one is going to pay you for it.

In school, classrooms had air outlets but nobody knew how to use the airbrush. In class, it was basically if you want to learn it, learn it.

I had Rudy Gunter as an art teacher in High school. I learned more with him in my first year of schooling than I had with all of my previous art classes combined. Rudy is a fine human being.

Abraham Lincoln Painted by Tyrell Jasperson

I was sitting in a room my freshman year, Rudy walked through, saw me and said, “What are you doing in here?” I had a deer in the headlights moment cause I thought he caught me doing something I shouldn’t be doing. He told me to come with him and put me in his senior independent study class. The seniors in the class kinda hated me for a while because I got in my first year what they’d waited four years for.

The first painting I did in high school was an Iroc Z 1985 Camaro. A week after I finished the painting I went and bought one. That summer I pushed it in the garage and it rolled out looking just like the Camaro in my painting.

I’ve airbrushed for 19 years. But, I haven’t really focused on it until the last four years. I am now trying to create more on fine art.


Do you have a favorite painting you’ve created?

My painting of Lagertha from the show “Vikings” is my favorite to date. I received a great response from that painting (Lagertha painting shown below).

Lagertha from Vikings Painted by Tyrell Jasperson


What do you hope to do with your talent?

I would really like to pay all my bills with my artwork and expand into a studio in the area.

I give customers their original painting. I don’t give them a copy of it, which is a common thing many artists do. I would like to become valuable enough as an artist to make several prints of pictures to sell, but I don’t want to make cookie cutter art or be a one-trick pony who can only paint one thing.


**To request a painting from Tyrell, email him at tyrelljasperson@gmail.com.


What do you currently do for work?

I have a mechanical background and performed snowmobile, ATV and side-by-side repair, accessorizing and high-performance work.

In 2017, I jumped into airbrush painting full-time. Now, it’s sink or swim. It keeps me out of the bar and helps me keep my nose clean cause I can’t afford extra costs at the moment.


Deadpool Painted by Tyrell Jasperson

What do you appreciate most about our community?

People’s willingness to lend a hand when someone in the community is down and out. In a higher populated area, I feel like you wouldn’t have that. If someone is stuck in the snow on the side of the road, you pull over to push them out. That’s the way things are done in Sweetwater County.


If you could give one brief piece of advice, what would it be?

Read lots of books. Knowledge is the only thing no one can ever take away from you. I think it’s one thing many people neglect and it is more valuable than many realize.


Where is your favorite place to hang out in Sweetwater County?

The Gorge. I like to go play with the water toys and hang out. There is no cell coverage. No one is looking at their phone the entire time. There is a solemn feeling and a serenity that comes with being away from technology for a day that brings you back to center.


Mikaela in Transformers Painted by Tyrell Jasperson

Would you rather walk, ride a bike, take a horse or drive a car?

I’d ride a bike.


What would you sing at karaoke night?

“Marvin Gaye” let’s get it on.


How would your friends describe you?

Either a tick overdramatic or a load of sarcastic.


What is your proudest accomplishment?

I’ve won People’s Choice at Art on the Green every year I’ve entered, which is the last 5 years. I won Judge’s Choice for the first time in 2016. I care more about appealing to the people, though. They are the ones who will take your art home and hang it up.


Harley Quinn Painted by Tyrell Jasperson

Who would you want to play you in a movie about your life?

Tom Hanks. Specifically because of his role in “BIG”. I identify with it. A little kid stuck in a grown man’s body.


Why do you continue to live in Wyoming?

Everything I’ve ever known is in Sweetwater County. Everyone I know, all the family connections I’ve made and even the people who aren’t family that I call family are here.

I stay for the sentimental relationships I’ve built, like my relationship with Rudy Gunter my high school art teacher. That man is like my grandpa. He has zero biological connection to me but he is one guy that I know if I go and knock on his door, I’m going to be welcome.


Polar Bear Painted by Tyrell Jasperson

Sam Elliot Painted by Tyrell Jasperson

Gwen Stefani Painted by Tyrell Jasperson


If you’d like us to interview yourself or someone you know for #WHYoming, please send us suggestions to abe@sweetwaternow.com