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JOHNSON / ORIGINAL PAINTINGS OF WILDLIFE

: ARTIST'S HISTORY






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ARTIST'S HISTORY

In this section you'll find by scrolling down the following:
> a brief Biography
> a descriptive History of my artwork
       - 1990 how I got started with oil painting
       - 1996 transitioning to acrylics
       - 2000 my approach toward painting up to the present time
> a series of essays on the creative process
       - Observation
       - Planning
       - Preparation
       - Painting
       - Studio
       - Photography
> a listing of National Exhibitions I've participated in
> a snapshot of Magazine articles featuring my work
> a listing of other news media about my art & travels
> a snapshot of Books featuring my work 


 


Biography

Jay J. Johnson  resides in America's northeast and travels widely across
the North American continent.  His family ancestry includes close ties
to the Maine woods and the Atlantic seacoast of Massachusetts where
he grew up on a wave-bound peninsula.  His knowledge of wildlife comes
from traversing thousands of miles of  American wilderness.  When he
was just seventeen years of age he climbed all 48 of the highest peaks
in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, becoming the youngest 
person to do so in one continuous trek.  Since then he has walked and
paddled through virtually every environment in America from mountain
tops to river valleys to arid deserts.  He has sea-kayaked extensively
along both the Pacific coast and the Atlantic coasts.  He has also hiked
both the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail, totaling 4700 miles.  
He has bicycled 3,000 miles across the southwestern deserts of the
United States; and has driven many thousands of miles more along
western back-country roads in search of his wildlife subjects.  In the
early 1980's he completed a solo wilderness trek spanning sixteen
months, covering 10,000 miles around America (featured in more than
fifty newspapers nationwide).  
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At Cornell University he studied both Art and Natural History, gaining an
in-depth scientific knowledge of his wild subjects while at the same time
learning the fundamentals of Traditional and Modern Art.
     Working today in his studio, Johnson follows the time-honored tradition
of painting with oils on fine linen, capturing the movement, spirit and
realism of American wildlife.  His paintings have become part of private
collections nationwide through western galleries in Arizona, California,
Colorado, Oklahoma, and Wyoming, and eastern galleries in Connecticut,
Florida, Pennsylvania, Maine, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Vermont.


















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