Joan Johnson the artist


JOAN ESSEX JOHNSON

I find inspiration for my paintings from the movement of light across form and the details that are revealed. Each composition is a carefully studied arrangement of objects and light that evokes a pleasing combination of form and value. The objects themselves have personal meaning, such as the violin made by my great grandfather, flowers from my garden, or shells from my collection.

I was born and raised in Northern California where I received my early art training from the University of California at Berkeley. Following a desire to become a realist painter, I studied with Ann Schuler for 5 years at the Schuler School of Fine Art in Baltimore, MD. There I learned a painting process developed by Jacque Maroger that is based on the techniques of the Old Masters. It includes making black oil, mastic varnish, maroger medium and preparing linen canvas with white lead. Each of these techniques lends the finished painting a remarkable surface and durable quality.

I have exhibited for over 10 years in the Baltimore - Washington area and my paintings are found in many private collections. My work can be found at Main Street Gallery in Annapolis, MD, and the online gallery www.eisleyfineart.com. I welcome commissions.

I am blessed with my wonderful husband, Walker, who not only helps with framing and making black oil, but also gives me good critiques and moral support. We live together in Annapolis with our terriers Annie and Jill.



EDUCATION:

2002: Certificate from the Schuler School of Fine Arts in Baltimore Maryland.
1983 - 1997: studied at the Corcoran School of Art’s Open Program.
1972: B.A. in fine arts from the University of California at Berkeley.

 


AWARDS and JURIED SHOWS:

May 21 - June 7, 2015: Image and Imagination at Mitchell Gallery.
May 19 - Oct. 31, 2015: Masterworks from the International Guild of Realism.
Spring 2015: The National Oil and Acrylic Painter's Society on-line exhibit.
Fall 2014: The National Oil and Acrylic Painter's Society on-line exhibit.
January 2014: American Society of Traditional Artists' Annual Exhibition.
October 2013:
International Guild of Realism's 8th Annual Juried Exhibition.

October 2012:
American Society of Traditional Artists' Annual Exhibition.

September 2012:
Oil Painters of America's Eastern Regional Exhibition.

September 2012:
International Guild of Realism's 7th Annual Juried Exhibition.

May 2012:
Mitchell Gallery's Fifth Biennial "Image and Imagination."

March 2012: Schuler School of Fine Arts "From Fur to Feathers II."
September 2011:
Oil Painters of America Eastern Regional Show.

May 2011:
First prize in the Schuler School of Fine Arts "Flora and Fauna" Competition.

May 2009:
Award of Excellence at Oil Painters of America Exhibition.

May 2009:
Oil Painters of America National juried Exhibition.

April 26, 2003: Hudson Valley Art Association, Inc. - 72nd Annual Exhibition.
March, 2003: Laurel Art Guilds 34th Annual Juried Art Exhibition.
September 2002: Oil Painters of America, 2002 East/Southeast Exhibition.
January 2002: The 11th Annual Strathmore Hall Artist Membership Juried Exhibition.
January 2001: Equal Award winner at the 10th Annual Membership Exhibition of Strathmore Hall Arts Center.

January 2001: The 10th Annual Strathmore Hall Artist Membership Juried Exhibition.
January 1998: The 7th Annual Strathmore Hall Artists Membership Juried Exhibition.
April 1997: The Ethel Lorraine Bernstein Memorial Award for Excellence in Painting, Corcoran School of Art.

 


EXHIBITIONS:

June 10 - July 5, 2015: Still Life show at Main Street Gallery.
April 9 - May 4 2014: The Art of the Still Life at Main Street Gallery.
May 15, 2013: Gallery Showcase 2013 at Main Street Gallery.
December 2012: Miniature Show at Main Street Gallery.
December 2011: Foxhall Gallery's Farewell Celebration.

December 2011:
Schuler School of Fine arts Holiday Exhibition.
November 2011:
Zoll Studio Show.
December 2010:
Foxhall Christmas Showcase.
December 2010:
Schuler School of Fine Arts Gallery Holiday Exhibition.
December 2008:
Fourth Annual Holiday Exhibit of Small Work at Gallery RoCa.

November 2008: Joyeux Noel! Christmas Showcase at Foxhall Gallery.
January 2008:
Two person show at Gallery RoCa.
November 2007:
“Whimsical Expressions”, Foxhall Gallery.
July 2007: “Summer Showcase”, Foxhall Gallery.
December 2, 2006: “8 x 10”, Gallery RoCa.
November 21, 2006: “Holiday Showcase”, Foxhall Gallery.
May 6, 2006 - May 31, 2006: “Contemporary Realism”, Bendann Art Galleries.
November 22, 2005: “Small Wonders”, Foxhall Gallery.
October 21, 2005: Bendann Galleries 146th Anniversary Exhibition
May 5, 2005: “Contemporary Realism”, Bendann Art Galleries.
November 26, 2004: “In Praise of Realism”, Bendann Art Galleries.
November 22, 2004: “Still Life”, Foxhall Gallery.
November 4, 2004: One woman show at Baywoods, Annapolis, MD
May 1, 2004: “The Range of Contemporary Realism”, Bendann Art Galleries.
March 2, 2004: “Realism Revisited”, Foxhall Gallery.
Oct. 9, 2003: Bendann Art Galleries 144th Anniversary Exhibition.
May 17, 2003: Contemporary Realism & Trompe L’Oeil, Bendann Art Galleries.
April 12, 2003: New Students of the Old Masters, Prince Royal Gallery.
December 2002: Schuler School Fine Arts Gallery Holiday Exhibition.
November 2002: “Small Wonders”, Foxhall Gallery.
November 2002: “A Salute to the Old Masters”, Ollie Miller Gallery.
June 2002: Schuler School Fine Arts Gallery Annual Exhibition.
April 2002: “Ann Didusch Schuler”, Prince Royal GalleryAlexandria Virginia.
February 2002: Legislative Services Building Exhibit, Annapolis, Maryland.
January 2002: “Are You My Valentine”, Strathmore Hall.
December 2001: The 9th Annual Small Paintings Show, Prince Royal Gallery.
December 2001: Schuler School Fine Arts Gallery Holiday Exhibition.
June 2001: Schuler School Fine Arts Gallery Annual Exhibition.
December 2000: Schuler School Fine Arts Gallery Holiday Exhibition.
June 2000: Schuler School Fine Arts Gallery Annual Exhibition.
December 1999: Schuler School Fine Arts Gallery Holiday Exhibition.
June 1999: Schuler School Fine Arts Gallery Annual Exhibition.
December 1998: Schuler School Fine Arts Gallery Holiday Exhibition.

 


ORGANIZATIONS:

Oil Painters of America
International Guild of Realism

 

 

REPRESENTED BY:

Main Street Gallery
216 Main Street #A
Annapolis, MD 21401
410-216-7166
info@mainstreetfineart.com

www.eisleyfineart.com


EMAIL ADDRESS:

joanejohn@hotmail.com