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You may recognize the clean lines, bright colors and stark horizons of Justin Wheatley’s portraits of Utah homes and places.
The Clinton, Utah native started making art as a child and was inspired by his art teachers at Northridge High School.
“I had some really great art teachers, Mr. Loveland and Ms. Dimick, and decided I wanted to be just like them,” he said.
Since then, he earned a degree in fine art and education from Utah State University and moved to Salt Lake City, where he continues to create fine art and teach art at Granite School District’s Connection High School. After meeting his wife Camille at her Master’s in Architecture project presentation, the couple married and now have three daughters together with another baby on the way.
He said a study abroad trip in Germany helped him develop a love for modern architecture and art, and artists Edward Hopper, Lyonel Fieninger and Richard Diebenkorn have inspired his work. Wheatley’s geometric paintings exaggerate the buildings’ designs while cleaning up a structure’s surroundings, helping the viewer focus on the architectural features. […]