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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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Trees 108
Oil Painting

$ 350
Striations X
Oil Painting

$ 550
Trees 107
Oil Painting

$ 350
Trees 105
Oil Painting

$ 350
Prairie Sky
Oil Painting

$ 350
Trees 101
Oil Painting

$ 350
Trees 102
Oil Painting

$ 350
Trees 100
Oil Painting

$ 700
Trees 97
Oil Painting

$ 350
Firesky
Oil Painting

$ 900
Tangled
Oil Painting

$ 1,800
Fall 2020
Oil Painting

$ 600
Spring 2020
Oil Painting

$ 600
Trees 15
Oil Painting

$ 600
Pastel Day
Oil Painting

$ 1,900
Striations 9
Oil Painting

$ 1,900
Field of View
Oil Painting

$ 1,950
The Reeds 3
Oil Painting

$ 600
Striations 3
Oil Painting

$ 600
Moonlight
Oil Painting

$ 1,500
Day in the Cove
Oil Painting

$ 2,750
Winter Trees 2
Oil Painting

$ 1,100
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