Artist Brett Allen Johnson

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Watching the land change ever so subtly out the window of the family car, that was the part that fascinated a young Brett Allen Johnson as he and his siblings would make the trip from northern Utah to Arizona. They would pass through places named Nephi, Hatch, Mt. Carmel, Kanab, Page, Wupatki, Vermilion Cliffs and Bitter Springs, each one as odd and wonderful as the one before it. The snow-capped peaks would shift to shallow grass-lined valleys with pinon and juniper, and then to pine forests and desert moonscapes with vast fields of rock and sand bleached white like bone.Their destination was Sedona, where Johnson’s grandparents had a home amid the pristine desertscapes of Northern Arizona. His grandmother was a watercolor artist who would frequently paint the Southwest, so the Arizona trips would include adventures outdoors and the exploration of her studio and art supplies. The young artist didn’t know it at the time, but these trips would be milestones in his career.Raised at the foot of Mount Timpanogos in the Wasatch Range—in a small town called American Fork, Utah—Johnson remembers having an interest in art throughout his life, but didn’t immediately see the potential as a professional fine artist. After high school, at 18 years old, he married his high school sweetheart and took a job as a carpenter, where he worked with his hands, first on suburban tract homes and later on multi-million-dollar mansions. The position, where he would remain for 16 years, helped establish a meticulous work ethic and laid the groundwork for what would become the foundation of his art career: the ability to visualize an idea and then bring that to conception and beyond. In 2003, while working as a carpenter, Johnson attended Utah Valley State College, where he started to explore graphic design, which was [...]

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