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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Abstract 101
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 2,834
$ 1,700.40
Abstract Day No.3
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 600
$ 420
Abstract No.288
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 350
$ 210
Lightness
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 5,400
$ 3,240
Green in the Sky
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 350
$ 210
Abstract No.196
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 350
$ 210
Clouds Over Water
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 600
$ 420
Abstract No.275
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 350
$ 210
Drifting Light
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 5,145
Trees No.46
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 350
Trees No.10
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 350
Trees No.23
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 350
Trees No.14
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 600
Trees No.54
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 350
Springtime
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 3,100
A Plains Day
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 600
The View West
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 5,875
In the Cove
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 1,400
Hot Prairie Day
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 600
$ 360
At the Lake
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 2,200
Hills in Winter
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 350
$ 210
Winter Trees II
Oil Painting

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

by Mary Johnston
$ 3,550
Hot Summer
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 2,600
Yellow Sky Day
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 350
$ 210
Blue and Red
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 950
$ 570
Day Glo
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 950
$ 570
Clouds Over Red Land
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 1,500
$ 900
Abstract 102
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 2,834
$ 1,700.40
Quiet Winter Day
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 1,500
$ 900
Trees Aglow
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 600
$ 420
Clouds Over Water
Oil Painting

by Mary Johnston
$ 950
$ 570
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, 2019