Nearly twenty years ago her husband, two Weimaraners and artist Lynn Johnson made the bold decision to leave the familiarity (and the cold) of Montana and move to Atlanta — one of the best decisions of her life. She had been working as a graphic artist and painting sporadically when she could find the time. Completely taken by the charm and hospitality of the south, she started working in an art gallery where she met amazing artists and clients who encouraged Lynn to pursue painting. That was the spark, she has been painting professionally since 2010.
The ability to simplify means to eliminate the unnecessary so that the necessary may speak. ~Hans Hofmann
My goal is to entice the viewer to linger for a while and discover something maybe a little unexpected, revealed in or hiding within the layers of color, texture, and marks. The work is simply a glimpse into my interpretation of experiences and interactions I have with the world around me.
I combine a love for drawing and mark making with washes and fluid brushstrokes. It’s a layering process, a dialogue of addition and subtraction. I don’t paint with a precise plan or palette. I make mistakes but consider them occasions to create something unexpected. As my artistic journey continues to evolve, I rely on my process and intuition to guide me. It is my aim to create original paintings in a fearless and expressive manner — one that reveals both imperfections and authenticity.
Lynn Johnson is a full time painter living in Atlanta. Her work has been exhibited in public and private collections around the United States and has been described as calming, serene and feminine. Although inspired by her favorite masters such as Joan Mitchell and Willem de Kooning, her work and style are uniquely her own. She received her BFA from Iowa State University College of Art.
A little bit about the newest body of work for Studio E Gallery:
These pieces are about pushing boundaries, experimenting with various mediums and abstracting the subject to read as a color/texture/layering story. Its about exaggerating shape and form with the interruption of line and finding the hidden or unexpected.