I discovered my love for art in sixth grade when the art teacher brought in mixed media and tools to make small sculptures. I forgot about time and lunch. I was hooked. About this time, my fascination of archeology also started. A hint of what lies beneath the surface – discovery among the layers. I find that art and archeology continue to meet up in my work. I had a wonderful Art teacher in high school who opened up the world of many different materials and processes of art. I went on to earn my Bachelors of Arts degree in Art at California State University, Long Beach.
What I see in my environment and experiences with people inspire my choice of color and texture in my paintings. The natural world, always moving, always changing. I love the challenge of expressing layers of color with mixed media and using transparent glazes to add depth. I like to use line work to add to the conversation between the colors. The artistic process is a balance of science and intuition. There are natural laws governing how colors work together, weight, and position. Working fast and stepping back periodically, both use intuition which is unique to each artist.
I enjoy watching the dynamic take place and evolve on the canvas – it never gets boring. People ask me how I know when a painting is finished. It’s when I can sit back and enjoy the story. It’s like I’m seeing the finished piece for the first time and it brings me joy.
Beauty is something deemed by the beholder. Beauty is not a luxury, but a necessity in life. A salve to the soul. It calls to us so deeply. Things are always changing in nature and in our everyday life. If we take time to look, we will see the beauty in every stage.
Kathy is a coastal San Diego artist.
Kathy Johnson Studio gives back. Being grateful for what we have and helping those that are less fortunate, adds joy to life.