American Abstract Expressionist Artist, Cheryl Johnson is best known for her strong use of color, and intuitive mark making.
"We push and pull apart the world, and then layer it with emotions in order to put it back together as something different, beautiful and preferably better.
I primarily choose to create abstract non-objective paintings because I find the creative process honest and satisfying. A single mark or line on a blank surface provides a starting point for an intuitive exploration of the visual language found in abstraction. Working in mixed media: graphite, oil, acrylic, and collage, allows me to layer and rework textured surfaces - with each painting resulting in a delightful discovery of things explored in the heart, perhaps unseen, but now visited for a while.” - Cheryl Johnson
EMOTION Creating art is more about communicating what I’m feeling than what I’m seeing. Feeling is something more; it’s feeling your existence. It’s a still place. It’s like one word, one image - “ joy." It is a “moment’s pleasure.” I want my work to exude joy, celebration, measured clarity and a sense of self. The impetus for my work comes from the outdoors. I love forests and walking by the ocean. I have spent many wonderful days walking my dogs and gathering inspirations that will last a lifetime. I am continually enamored by the Abstract Expressionist painters and I like that association to my work. It’s not that I am painting a ‘landscape, it’s the essence of the forest I want to create. I like creating the illusion of a space one could crawl into. I spend a lot of time finding the right combinations of color and light.
PROCESS My creative process emphasizes surface, light, and dark. I strive for balance and serenity in the arrangement of color and form. My work is driven by the desire to display atmosphere and emotion of a place and time. I explore color relationships in my work and use diverse materials ranging from oil, acrylic, oil crayon, construction materials and fabric applied to canvas, linen, boards, and paper. I paint with brushes, palette knives and my hands and fingers.
STUDIO In the studio, my work practice is energetic and spontaneous. I paint both in my studio and plein air and often use my photography as a reference. I begin with an underpainting and then add marks, lines and multiple layers. I work directly into the surface with confidence and endeavor to be innovative. I represent myself as an alchemist of images and a catalyst for daydreams and desires. In both my art and photography I keep my eye trained on the lines of the face and nature, allowing for the formation of personal marks and lines within the paintings.
Cheryl Lynn Johnson (born February 12, 1947) is a female American Abstract Expressionist Artist. She was born in Kellogg, Idaho. In her early years, she lived in the Rocky Mountains on the border of Idaho and Canada surrounded by immense beauty. Nature was her playground and inspired her to create art from a very young age. She is of Finnish, Swedish, and Scotch-Irish descent and in her early artistic career painted both under her familiar and family names: Cheri' and Cherah Boryl Jaurvaii. Cheryl graduated with a BA from Oral Roberts University, MFA from Oklahoma State University, and an MA from the University of Tulsa. She began painting professionally in 1969 and has had numerous shows throughout her career. She studied and worked in her early career as a Teacher, Video Producer, and Director. Skilled as a videographer, commercial artist, and designer she moved to North Carolina in the early 1980s. She has continued to paint throughout her varied career while working in the corporate world and retired from IBM to paint full time in 2010.