‘Brilliant colorist’ thinks big and goes the distance

Painter, whose mural will adorn City Creek development, defies stereotypes.

Painter David Meikle’s small basement studio is void of any natural light. Eschewing titles about art greats such as Caravaggio or J.M.W. Turner, his bookshelves instead hold volume after volume about aviation and sci-fi movie set illustration.

You won’t find a John Coltrane or Mozart CD in his rack, but loads of Peter Gabriel, U2 and Rush. And his painting starts at 9 p.m., once his four children are fast asleep.

Meikle, a 40-year-old Salt Lake City landscape painter, betrays almost every standard trait the public expects of fine artists.

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