Technique

Johnson's inspirations are many: H. Matisse Fra Angelico, W. Turner and many more. His interests are in scattered and reflected light.

Johnson paints in oil as well as oil pastel.   Layering is key to Johnson's work, as is scraping and rubbing to remove paint and create atmosphere.

Sea Tone, 30x40 inches

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Technique

Johnson's inspirations are many: H. Matisse Fra Angelico, W. Turner and many more. His interests are in scattered and reflected light. Turner for mood and movement and play of light, Matissse for color and line, and Fra Angelico for perspective and composition.

Johnson paints in oil as well as oil pastel.   Layering is key to Johnson's work, as is scraping and rubbing to remove paint and create atmosphere.

While some paintings are realistic in their representation of colors. – with magenta skies, cobalt blue mountains and mustard-colored riverbanks –others are indundated with nonliteral hues.  -

Sarah Becker, Focus Arts Magazine

Sea Tone, 30x40 inches

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technique

Johnson's inspirations are many: H. Matisse, Fra Angelico, W. Turner and scores more. His is focused on scattered and reflected light. Turner for mood and movement and play of light, Matissse for color and line, and Fra Angelico for perspective and composition.

Johnson paints in oil as well as oil pastel. Layering is key to Johnson's work, as is scraping and rubbing to remove paint and create atmosphere.

While some paintings are realistic in their representation of colors. – with magenta skies, cobalt blue mountains and mustard-colored riverbanks –others are indundated with nonliteral hues.  -

Sarah Becker, Focus Arts Magazine

Sea Tone, 30x40 inches

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painting light, shadow and color

Fleeting light, shadow and color are captured by boundaries and texture. Color and form vibrate on the canvas. In some works you can feel the wind and sun on your body.  In others the stillness is crystalized in the moment and the silence may be overwhelming.

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elements of an artist

Johnson's paintings are comprised of literal and nonliteral hues. Many reflect Johnson's other life as a geophysicist. Studies of sound waves reflecting, refracting and diffusing in Earth are mirrored in Johnson's painting of scattered and diffuse light.  The sound is the color and the color is the sound.

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capturing form

Evolution

Johnson began working as a professional artist in Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA. Since 1988 Johnson has worked on a variety of creative projects. HIs works have been showcased in solo and group exhibitions in the USA and Europe. His artistic expression has gone through many phases  resulting in a highly personal approach and perspective. Johnson are never content with standing still and are always looking for their next engaging project.

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JOHNSON'S WORK MELDS SCIENCE AND NATURE

Johnson is an artist and an Earth scientist.  His observation of geological form and history are evoked in his paintings.  Time  is deep and impossibly long.  An instant is captured that punctuates the incomprehensible scale of time.

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extracting geometry