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JOHNSON / ORIGINAL PAINTINGS OF WILDLIFE

: EARLY ARTWORK 1997 - 2001






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EARLY ARTWORK
1997 - 2001  

During this period I completed 150 paintings, most of which were sold in the western United States, particularly Aspen,
Colorado.  I've included a few examples below that demonstrate the qualities I was striving for at that time.  I wanted
to make a transition from the finely detailed paintings of the early nineties to work that flowed more freely from my
brush.  I used strong surface texture created before beginning painting.  Over this I applied many layers and glazes of 
acrylic paints.   The result was a piece of artwork that was rich in color saturation with an exciting textural quality.  

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Fox Rest    

 

 

 

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Fairy Dusters  (9 X 12)    This was my first effort using the new technique of acrylic
paint over textured surface.  I actually glued sand & pebbles onto the painting surface
to simulate the texture of the ground where the quail are sitting.  This painting was
displayed in the 1997 Western Visions show at the National Museum of Wildlife Art in
Jackson, Wyoming.  It was encouraging to attend the show and see the response this
painting received from the many collectors who filled the ballot box.

 

 

 

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Grizzly Walker   6 X 8      A very small painting that clearly shows the texture in the background.

 

  

   

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Foxfire   20 X 24
This painting was sold at the Artists of America Exhibition, Denver, Colorado in 1998.  Again collectors were very
encouraging about this new technique.  The show's director let me know that "Foxfire" was one of the most popular
paintings in the show (based on the ballot count).  This inspired me to return to my studio and explore this medium
further, producing more paintings the following year than I had in the past three years combined. A fine art print
publisher selected it the next year and it appeared in many magazine advertisements in 2000. 

 

 

 

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Onto the textured surface I adhered pebbles to simulate the ground.  

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Then I painted over these to blend them into the colors of the painting.

 

 

 

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Wolf-Walk (34 X 28) was featured on the cover of Southwest Art Magazine in June 2001.  The original
was sold at the "Best in the West" Exhibition in Park City, Utah.  Limited edition prints were sold
and advertised nationwide, including a lifesize giclee edition.
 

 

 

 

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Tiger-Walk    20 X 24

 

 

 

 


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Avocets   (24 X 18)    Exhibited at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Museum's "Birds in Art"
show 1998

 

 

 


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Grizzly-Root

 

 


 

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Quailsong   (12 X 16)    Exhibited at "Artists of America" in 1998 at the Colorado History Museum in Denver.

 

 

 

 

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This is a detail from a larger painting.

 

 

 

 

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Little Grizzly

 

 

 


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Fox-Watch     24 X 36

 

 

 

 

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Cougars' Turtle    18 X 18

 

This is just a small sampling of the artwork from this period, during which I completed & sold approximately 150 paintings.

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