Whatley is an expressionist painter whose major commissions include architectural paintings for public institutions including the Buckingham Palace and the Tower of London. He has been presented to Her Majesty The Queen and His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh in recognition of his work.
San Miguel High School, a Catholic, Lasallian learning community, is honored to have a piece of work that champions St. John Baptist de la Salle and the characteristics by which he can be recognized.
“St. John Baptist De La Salle inspired others how to teach and care for young people, how to meet limited opportunity with compassion and how to affirm, strengthen and heal,” said Dave Mason, President and CEO at San Miguel, “This painting in his honor will be a reminder of that for all who pass by it everyday.”
De La Salle was the founder of The Christian Brothers, a Catholic teaching congregation. San Miguel is blessed to have 3 Christian Brothers who help to uphold the five Lasallian core principles (concern for the poor and social justice, faith in the presence of God, quality education, inclusive community and respect for all persons) in the lives of San Miguel staff, faculty and students. The Brothers' presence on campus is central in fostering an education that prioritizes spiritual development (see their stories here).
Whatley has been drawn to make statements of prayer and faith in his art with what he calls a “divine push,” creating pieces of hope and light. His Christian tribute paintings are in private and public collections worldwide including Westminster Cathedral in London, Newman University in Birmingham, The Carrollton School of The Sacred Heart in Miami and The Institute of The Marist Brothers in Canada.