David Goodrich, 52, a Kansas City artist whose expressionistic paintings conveyed a perpetual state of motion, was found dead Tuesday.
Goodrich enjoyed hiking and was found dead in Horseshoe Canyon, just north of Canyonlands National Park in Utah. His body was identified on Thursday.
Authorities speculate he suffered from heat stroke, but the cause of death has not been confirmed.
The Kansas City arts community is reeling from the news of Goodrich's death.
In addition to the contributions he made to the Kansas City art scene through dedication to his own work, Goodrich supported and encouraged the other artists in his community, often by engaging in stimulating one-on-one conversation. Remembrances flooding his Facebook page recall his art, his friendship, his love of punk music and his penchant for meaningful dialog.