|GARY R. JOHNSON
Gary's talent in the
creative arts was recognized at an early age. Before he reached high school, he
had already published his drawings and was playing music professionally. As an
art major in high school, lie was awarded summer art scholarships to attend
classes at Otis Art Institute and Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles.
Gary went on to earn a BA in Painting, Sculpture and Graphic Arts from UCLA and
an MA in Painting and Drawing from California State University Los Angeles.
Upon graduation, Gary made his living as a medical illustrator and an
instructor of art and music, honing his fine art skills on his own time. In
1993, he started painting wildlife and landscapes to express his uncompromising
beliefs in wildlife and habitat conservation. Shortly after his marriage to his
wife, Florence, they decided he was ready to pursue his fine art career full
time. Since then, Gary's artwork has been selected for the prestigious Art For
The Parks competition (1996,1998 and 2000), "Art and the Animal" at the
Bennington Center for the Arts in Vermont, and the Pastel Society of America
exhibition (1996). His paintings have received awards at several of the top
wildlife and western art shows in the nation. Gary's artwork has been featured
in Wildlife Art, Southwest Art, Art of the West, U.S. Art and Art Business News
magazines and Sotheby's of London auction house. He is represented by fine art
galleries in Wyoming, South Carolina, and California.
Gary and Florence, are outdoor enthusiasts and devoted conservationists. Their canoe, kayak, and backpack trips in the U.S., Baja California, and Belize have afforded them access to natural areas that few people witness. "I want my artwork to captivate the viewer with the beauty and uniqueness of the subject or setting represented. In many ways, my painting is a personal travelogue that reflects my innermost feelings about the subject I choose to paint." Gary has been donating a portion of his print sales to Defenders of Wildlife to help save many important species and habitats that are threatened in this country.
Gary's studio is in his home in Encinitas, CA. He and Florence are avid gardeners and share their house with three cats, Camille, Cleo, and Tuna and their parrot, Jako.
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