About Carolyn Johnson
What is it that makes us whole? You may search your entire life to find a job, relationship our something else outside of you…but really, when it is stripped away, what do you have? An empty space, a void, an unfulfilled life? Thirty years ago I found myself in that place…and now…my dance has begun. To try and explain the steps it has taken to get to this place is a book in the making … it is called life. We all have our book. The situations and the names may be different but the process is the same…a journey for fulfillment of the heart…a calling that we feel deep in our soul. It is as personal and individual as your fingerprint. And it is a gift we can only give ourselves.
My hope is for my art to touch the hearts of many -- to be embraced as one would embrace a child and to let it speak in their hearts as it does in mine. This art is my dance and a true gift in life.
Carolyn Johnson’s mixed media art is a style inspired by nature. Her earliest memories of art lessons were at the small kitchen table in Northern California with her father. He taught her eye to see shapes and build up those shapes with shading. She fell in love with line and shapes and how best to define these with different mediums. Carolyn states “I see the deep beauty in the rough texture of bark on a tree; to the softness of a cloud; to designs that make up reflections on the water. My interpretation found its way to Mixed Media with detailed free hand line work and carving.” She considers herself to be a “drawing artist” with foundational work in painting. The detailed linework defines her style and is the basis for most of her techniques. Each piece is painstakingly developed on canvas and board with her unique signature of line, impasto and other textures to create dimensional appeal and drama. Materials incorporated in her mixed media style are inks, acrylics, metallic components, pastels, pens, gels, textural objects and resin. Techniques from painting, free-hand drawing, impasto, detailed design elements, marbling, “soft carving” and “pastel fusion” make up Carolyn’s distinctive techniques. Extraordinary detail is crafted with much patience and accuracy. Surface finishes result in a durability that encourages touch while creating a dramatic dance between light and textures.