Robert Johnson's website: http://robertjohnsonpaintings.com/
ROBERT JOHNSON ARTIST STATEMENT
My work is concerned with the Natural environment. I’ve had people say, 'if you are so concerned, why you don’t paint about the disastrous consequences many of our actions are having on it?'
As I see, it there are two approaches one can take to try and change our actions. One can either use a carrot or a stick. Both approaches are needed . I have chosen the carrot approach to try and foster a deeper appreciation for what is left of wild Nature. In my work I focus on the beauty and sacredness of Nature. I feel like a medieval pilgrim on a pilgrimage to the world's last remaining cathedrals. I record my observations while there and bring my notes back to the studio to develop paintings that capture my experiences of these places.
The kind of art that has most influenced the style of my work is religious art from the late medieval period in Italy, Indian Miniature Painting, Tibetan Thangka painting, Balinese painting, and Folk Art, all of which I have studied and from which I have freely stolen.
My interest in Botany, Ornithology, Mycology, Entomology, and other Natural Science disciplines comes from a desire to understand and get more deeply connected with the environment in which I find myself.
Robert Johnson's BIOGRAPHY
Robert Johnson lives in a land-trust community in the mountains of North Carolina where he has lived for the last 43 years. Every other year he takes a trip to see the natural environment in other parts of the world. He has extensively documented wilderness areas both domestically and abroad, including the Blue Ridge Parkway and Appalachian Trail, National Parks of the Northwest, Alaska, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Panama, Peru, Dominican Republic, and Cuba. http://robertjohnsonpaintings.com/