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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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Abstract Day
Oil Painting

$ 600
$ 360
Abstract 273
Oil Painting

$ 350
$ 210
Grasslands 2
Oil Painting

$ 350
Trees 40
Oil Painting

$ 350
Trees 64
Oil Painting

$ 350
Trees 25
Oil Painting

$ 350
Tangled 15
Oil Painting

$ 3,900
Moonlight
Oil Painting

$ 1,500
Trees No.66
Oil Painting

$ 350
Trees No.68
Oil Painting

$ 350
Day in the Cove
Oil Painting

$ 2,750
Abstract 101
Oil Painting

$ 2,834
$ 1,700.40
Abstract No.196
Oil Painting

$ 350
$ 210
Clouds Over Water
Oil Painting

$ 600
$ 420
Lightness
Oil Painting

$ 5,400
$ 3,240
Trees No.10
Oil Painting

$ 350
Trees No.23
Oil Painting

$ 350
Trees No.14
Oil Painting

$ 600
Springtime
Oil Painting

$ 2,950
SOLD
Spring Striations by Mary Johnston (Oil Painting)
Spring Striations
Oil Painting

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SOLD
Touch of Fall by Mary Johnston (Oil Painting)
Touch of Fall
Oil Painting

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Hot Prairie Day
Oil Painting

$ 600
$ 360
Hills in Winter
Oil Painting

$ 350
$ 210
Winter Trees II
Oil Painting

$ 1,100
Glow in the Sky
Oil Painting

$ 3,550
$ 2,485
Hot Summer
Oil Painting

$ 2,600
Quiet Winter Day
Oil Painting

$ 1,500
$ 900
Abstract 102
Oil Painting

$ 2,834
$ 1,700.40
Clouds Over Red Land
Oil Painting

$ 1,500
$ 900
Clouds Over Water
Oil Painting

$ 950
$ 570
A Bend in the River
Oil Painting

$ 2,350
$ 1,645
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