Artist of Note | Teresa Lynn Johnson

The majesty of nature

Teresa Lynn Johnson, One Last Look, oil, 14 x 11.

Teresa Lynn Johnson, One Last Look, oil, 14 x 11.

This story was featured in the October 2018 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art October 2018 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

In the Four Corners area of the western United States, there is no end of inspiration or challenges for painter Teresa Lynn Johnson. Her fascination lies in the play of light over each meadow, mountaintop, and desert boulder. But one of the artist’s favorite subjects is the tree. “Some could be over 100 years old,” she says. “My imagination of what they’ve seen and how many stories they could tell is fantastic.”

Johnson built a family and a successful career as a software analyst before she began longing for a more creative outlet. “I decided to take a painting class and, from that first swirl of paint, I was mesmerized and hooked,” she says. She trained under artist Kevin Macpherson, whose impressionistic style seeped into her own work. But Johnson soon found a middle ground between impressionism and realism that allowed her to communicate her lifelong love for animals and nature.

The artist grew up on a farm surrounded by both domestic animals and wildlife. Today, she still encounters animals such as elk, deer, coyotes, and bears around her home. Johnson works from her own reference photos and plein-air studies to place her animal subjects in their natural habitats. The artist hopes that viewers feel respect for the majesty of the wildlife in her paintings. But she also hopes to bring about fond memories. “I always hope that they are able to see my story but also experience their own story through my work,” she says. —Mackenzie McCreary

Johnson’s work can be found at www.teresalynnjohnson.com.

This story was featured in the October 2018 issue of Southwest Art magazine. Get the Southwest Art October 2018 print issue or digital download now–then subscribe to Southwest Art and never miss another story.

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