You may have seen Lynn artist Karen Johnson’s work at the Meet Me Downtown Festival of the Arts, where you can purchase prints of her artwork, primarily of local landscapes and landmarks. She sat down with me at Tatiana’s, examples in hand, to talk about it. (click these to listen)
Karen Johnson creates most of her art in her home in Lynn. Sometimes she or her wife Hope takes photos of subjects as a reference. As far as her medium goes, “It’s watercolor I primarily work in, pastels, and sometimes charcoal” says Johnson. Here, she explains her technique.
A trip to New Mexico influenced her use of colors. Karen Johnson also finds inspiration closer to home. “I draw a lot on Lynn Shore Drive.”
The artist speaks about living in Lynn.
At age twelve Johnson decided to send in an art test she received in the mail. “I thought…I like drawing characters. I’ll take this test and see if I have any talent. It came back and said ‘Yes, you have talent’ and I thought…’Cool!'” She has an Associate’s in Fashion Illustration from the Art Institute of Pittsburgh, a Bachelor’s in Psychology, and a Master’s in Art Therapy from Lesley University. She works as a college Career Counselor. While it may not be her full time job, she says about art, “I can’t imagine not having it in my life, that makes absolutely no sense to me.”
LH readers interesting in purchasing this Artist’s work can email Karen Johnson directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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