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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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Striations #6
Oil Painting
by Mary Johnston
$ 600
$ 510
Prairie Moon II
Oil Painting
by Mary Johnston
$ 350
$ 297.50
Turquoise in Abstract
Oil Painting
by Mary Johnston
$ 600
$ 510
Striations# 5
Oil Painting
by Mary Johnston
$ 600
$ 510
Color in the Sky #8
Oil Painting
by Mary Johnston
$ 350
$ 297.50
Trees Aglow
Oil Painting
by Mary Johnston
$ 600
$ 510
Standing Tall
Oil Painting
by Mary Johnston
$ 1,700
$ 1,445
Prairie Day
Oil Painting
by Mary Johnston
$ 350
$ 297.50
The Trees #14
Oil Painting
by Mary Johnston
$ 350
$ 297.50
Chasing the Clouds
Oil Painting
by Mary Johnston
$ 3,300
$ 2,805
Orange Sky Prairie
Oil Painting
by Mary Johnston
$ 1,950
$ 1,657.50
Passing Cloud
Oil Painting
by Mary Johnston
$ 950
$ 807.50
Tangled Nine
Oil Painting
by Mary Johnston
$ 1,950
$ 1,657.50
Storm Approaching
Oil Painting
by Mary Johnston
$ 350
$ 297.50
Grassland
Oil Painting
by Mary Johnston
$ 350
$ 297.50
Abstract 215
Oil Painting
by Mary Johnston
$ 350
$ 297.50
Trees on Green
Oil Painting
by Mary Johnston
$ 600
$ 510
Fleeting
Oil Painting
by Mary Johnston
$ 2,500
$ 2,125
Clouds Over Water
Oil Painting
by Mary Johnston
$ 950
$ 807.50
Gentle Breeze
Oil Painting
by Mary Johnston
$ 950
$ 807.50
A Bend in the River
Oil Painting
by Mary Johnston
$ 2,350
$ 1,997.50
Prairie Breeze
Oil Painting
by Mary Johnston
$ 2,100
$ 1,785
Wisconsin Farmland
Oil Painting
by Mary Johnston
$ 1,500
$ 1,275
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