Vern Johnson 1932 - 2015
"After 30 years as an educator and furniture/product designer I am now a full time artist."
Vern finds that painting has always been his means of self expression. "During my carrier of teaching and design, I used painting to help center and stabilize my life. As a full time painter, I am free to pursue my own passions. Free to set my own objectives and solutions without committees."
"The most important thing for me about painting is the application of color. I use abstraction. I include subject matter in my paintings as a point of reference from which I set the stage with visual elements including color, line, tone, composition which I use to solicit the viewers attention and participation. My goal is to involve the viewer to complete and personalize the painting within the parameters that I have created."
Vern was a very popular teacher at The Upstairs Gallery - an inspiration to other artists - the epitome of a professional artist - and a valued friend of this gallery.
Paintings by: Vern Johnson