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Vicki Johnson

Featured Works of Art

Monhegan Cliffs

Monhegan Cliffs

Pastels
27" x 21"
$325
California Summer Hills

California Summer Hills

Pastels
22" x 29"
$325
Desert Sentinels

Desert Sentinels

Pastels
20" x 23"
$325
Boiling Cumulus

Boiling Cumulus

Acrylic
19" x 25"
$450
View from Les Baux

View from Les Baux

Pastels
19" x 23"
$325
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Artist's Statement

My name is Vicki Johnson, and I have been painting for almost 65 years. During the last 15 years I have specialized in the medium of soft pastel, in the style of impressionist realism.

I have been fortunate enough to have lived and studied art all over the world, and I have studied here in the Nortwest with some of the foremost pastellists in the United States.

My mission as an artist is to create an emotional connection with the people who are drawn to my paintings. Not a day goes by that I don’t see new possibilities for capturing the beauty of the world around us:new ways to interpret the play of light and shadows, convey the atmosphere of a coming storm, or ways to paint rain, clouds, colors, and reflections.

At these times, I can hardly wait to get to my easel and recreate those scenes and emotions! As I paint, I realize that I am not only painting for myself, but for my viewers. My desire is for you to view my paintings and be able to feel those storm clouds gathering, smell that rain coming, hear the rustle in the trees and grasses as the wind picks up, and see the way the sunlight pierces through leaves, and streams through the clouds.

It is my hope that you will be able to see what I saw, and feel what I felt at the moment I was inspired to paint. I want you to step inside the painting, make you forget where you are standing, and experience the passion and excitement that I felt when I created it.

Artist's Biography

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."


More of Vicki's work can be found at vickijohnsonfineart.com.
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