Gary Johnson is a Fayetteville, AR resident and self-taught artist who, while living and working in the Pacific Northwest, initiated the development of his skills in watercolor painting, having taken numerous classes and workshops from professional artists. He continued his development in South Carolina and now Arkansas through continued participation in workshops and self study.
Gary was educated in engineering and business with both bachelors and masters degrees and has traveled extensively through China and other Asian countries, Europe, and Australia. He's worked in many parts of the US and Mexico and enjoys traveling to places unvisited to develop new ideas for his art by being a keen observer of surroundings he visits and paying particular attention to color, shape, and value.
Gary's works have been shown in Washington state, Washington DC, California, Arkansas, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Georgia, Florida, South & North Carolina, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Michigan. Gary is a member of the TWSA, AWS, ANWA, MSW, and South Carolina Watermedia Society where he is a Signature Member in Excellence after being juried into their annual shows in 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2014. Gary recently received the Barrie Hunt Memorial Award for Outstanding Work in Water Media at the George A Spiva Center for the Arts in Joplin, MO. Gary is represented by Art Ventures in Fayetteville, AR and Studio 300 in Rogers, AR.
Gary's interests are wide ranging from still life and flowers to landscape, portraits, abstract, and wildlife. His work ranges from small detailed studies to broad natural themes in which he experiments with color, texture, perspective, and shape to achieve works that evoke an emotional response and to develop his ever growing love of the media.