Vicki Johnson was raised in the Bay Area of California and began drawing and painting by age 3. Encouraged by her parents and teachers, she explored the arts as a youth and graduated from California State University at Chico with a degree in fine arts.
In 1972, she traveled to Taiwan, to teach English. She explored the island and its ancient arts, often painting at an ancient temple, or sketching the crowded city streets. At Taipei University she was awarded a degree for her work, both in Western style and Chinese painting.
In the fall of 1974, she moved to Singapore for a year where she earned a fine arts degree from the Nanyang University of Fine Arts. She also studied the art of Chinese brush painting and participated in several art shows and painting competitions. In addition, she completed many commissioned pieces for local businesses, Embassy personnel, and expats alike.
The following years included postings to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Guangzhou, China, a place so rich in culture and inspiration that Vicki produced some of her finest work there. She had successful solo shows in each location.
Then in 1987, she had the wonderful opportunity to spend two years in Paris, France, where she wandered streets and locations that have inspired some of the world's finest artists. She painted primarily in watercolor and oils, and was juried into the Fine Art Exposition at the Hotel Talleyrand, and many other shows and competitions.
In 1989, Vicki returned to the U.S., and settled in Washington State, and now resides in the town of Arlington where she continues to create art. As well as having shown her work in Asia and Europe, Vicki has had exhibits in Oregon, California and Montana. Besides fine art, her productions have included murals, illustrations for fiction and textbooks, calendars, greeting cards, custom ceramic tiles, and many other creative projects.
"My passion is pastels, because they allow me to paint spontaneously and intuitively, and there’s a color for every mood. My hope is that people who see my work will sense the joy that that went into them, and enjoy viewing them as much as I did creating them."