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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The Trees in Spring
Paintings & Drawings Oil Paintings

by Mary Johnston
$ 5,475
$ 4,653.75
Clouds Over Turquoise
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 1,900
$ 1,615
Violet in the Sky
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 3,250
$ 2,762.50
Colors Over Water
Oil Paintings

by Mary Johnston
$ 950
$ 807.50
Beautiful Day
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 950
$ 807.50
Cherry Trees in Spring
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 2,600
$ 2,210
Grassland #3
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 350
$ 297.50
Trees #22
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 350
$ 297.50
Reeds Underwater #15
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 350
$ 297.50
Western View
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 350
$ 297.50
Grassland II
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 350
$ 297.50
Red Sky Day
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 350
$ 297.50
Dark Water Cove
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 350
$ 297.50
Day Sky Prairie
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 350
$ 297.50
Beautiful Day VIII
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 700
$ 595
Abstract 264
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 350
$ 297.50
Trees on Teals
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 1,100
$ 935
Winter Trees II
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 1,100
$ 935
Glow in the Sky
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 3,550
$ 3,017.50
Prairie Day II
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 350
$ 297.50
Hot Summer
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 2,600
$ 2,210
Abstract Water Scene
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 600
$ 510
A Soft Breeze
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 5,450
$ 4,632.50
Clouds Over the Beach 2
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 3,100
$ 2,635
Something Different
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 1,950
$ 1,657.50
Trees Aglow
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 600
$ 510
Clouds Over Water
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 950
$ 807.50
A Bend in the River
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 2,350
$ 1,997.50
Sunburst
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 1,500
$ 1,275
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Art Expo, New York, NY, Pier 94, 2016
Art Santa Fe, Santa Fe, NM, Santa Fe Convention Center, 2016
Art Comes Alive, OH, Cincinnati, 2016, 2015