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Mary Johnston

Mary Johnston Studio

"A soft breeze, magnificent sky, cool water...these are all elements that drive my creativity, along with the light touch of a paintbrush, feelings of peace, and a sense of place. As a child growing up on Lake Superior, I was surrounded by a beautiful landscape of water, woods, and rocks, as well as a sense that everything around us is so much larger and more mysterious then we will ever comprehend. "

Mary Johnston creates artwork that is not only peaceful and serene, but also full of color and light. There is much movement in her expressionistic work, whether it be the passing of time, clouds moving through the sky, or a ripple on the water. Johnston finds inspiration in both travel experiences and everyday scenes, such as a quick moment of the setting sun.

All works are created using oils on either stretched canvas or birch panels. Most of her canvases are prepared using a sand texture, which gives the finished painting a unique soft look. Some pieces are created using photos as references, but most images Johnston paints are imagined by the artist and created with complementary colors.

Johnston has been working in the art field for many years, first as a water-colorist doing classic works of flowers, landscapes, and buildings. A fascination with the techniques of faux painting led to a five-year career doing faux work. A move in 2003 led her back to studio work, but this time in oils. She has studied at times with other artists; however, she is mostly self taught in oil painting.

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Blue Water Day
Oil Painting

$ 350
$ 297.50
Trees 108
Oil Painting

$ 350
$ 297.50
Trees 107
Oil Painting

$ 350
$ 297.50
Trees 105
Oil Painting

$ 350
$ 297.50
Trees 101
Oil Painting

$ 350
$ 297.50
Tropical Beach
Oil Painting

$ 350
$ 297.50
Trees 97
Oil Painting

$ 350
$ 297.50
Trees 102
Oil Painting

$ 350
$ 297.50
Prairie Sky
Oil Painting

$ 350
$ 297.50
Striations X
Oil Painting

$ 550
$ 467.50
Trees 100
Oil Painting

$ 700
$ 595
Colors in the Sky 6
Oil Painting

$ 2,400
$ 2,040
Across the Prairie 3
Oil Painting

$ 2,340
$ 1,989
The Baby Blue Clouds
Oil Painting

$ 2,400
$ 2,040
Firesky
Oil Painting

$ 900
$ 765
The Reeds Underwater 3
Oil Painting

$ 2,200
$ 1,870
Tangled
Oil Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,530
Trees on Yellow Ochre
Oil Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,530
Fall 2020
Oil Painting

$ 600
$ 510
Spring 2020
Oil Painting

$ 600
$ 510
Trees 15
Oil Painting

$ 600
$ 510
Sunset Striations 2
Oil Painting

$ 800
$ 680
Pastel Day
Oil Painting

$ 1,900
$ 1,615
Field of View
Oil Painting

$ 1,950
$ 1,657.50
Tangled up Three
Oil Painting

$ 1,800
$ 1,530
Striations 9
Oil Painting

$ 1,900
$ 1,615
Across the Prairie 2
Oil Painting

$ 1,900
$ 1,615
Tangled in Spring
Oil Painting

$ 4,040
$ 3,434
Sunset Striations 4
Oil Painting

$ 950
$ 807.50
Moonlight
Oil Painting

$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Striations 3
Oil Painting

$ 600
$ 510
Pink in the Sky 3
Oil Painting

$ 600
$ 510
The Reeds 3
Oil Painting

$ 600
$ 510
Day in the Cove
Oil Painting

$ 2,750
$ 2,337.50
The Trees in Spring
Oil Painting

$ 5,475
$ 4,653.75
Winter Trees 2
Oil Painting

$ 1,100
$ 935
Diffusion of Light
Oil Painting

$ 2,300
$ 1,955
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Art Expo NYC, New York, NY, Pier 90, 2019
Art San Diego, San Diego, CA, San Diego Convention Center, 2019
One of a Kind Show, Chicago, Chicago, IL, Merchandise Mart, 2020