Magazine article Southwest Art

Artists to Watch

Magazine article Southwest Art

Artists to Watch

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Justin Hayward

When Justin Hayward was 5 he began his art career ... in church. "My parents gave me a pencil to keep me quiet," he recalls. "I loved to draw cartoons and monster trucks - little boy stuff."

Today, at 27, Hayward is more likely to take on a complex figurative painting, like YOUNG MARRIAGE, where he weaves layers of symbols into the work. In this painting, he is playing with the idea of relationships; the turtle represents longevity while the raven symbolizes temptation. There is more, of course, going on in the painting, but Hayward prefers to leave some things for the eye of the beholder to fathom.

Although he paints landscapes on occasion, Hayward says he is drawn to figurative work. "As people we have a personal connection when we view another person," he says. "I like capturing the essence of a person, a complicated inner being."

Hayward studied art at the New York Academy of Art and in private classes with Dan Thompson and Christopher Pugliese. Earlier this year, he received an award of merit at the Springville Museum of Art's Spring Salon show held annually in Springville, UT. Hayward is represented by Terzian Gallery, Park City, UT; Principle Gallery, Alexandria, VA; and Williams Fine Art, Salt Lake City, UT.

Jeff Yeomans

For as long as Jeff Yeomans can remember, the Pacific Ocean has been part of his life. Yeomans grew up in sunny Southern California and was a regular visitor to Laguna Beach, a coastal town where he not only swam and surfed but also stopped in at art galleries - often, he says, in his swimming trunks. These days his works often reflect his love of the water. It has given him an intimate knowledge and appreciation of the sea, both the calm moments and the high drama.

Yeomans is equally at adept at capturing street scenes of his hometown of San Diego. He finds inspiration, he says, in everyday life, whether it's painting chefs at a café or a family at the beach. …

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