HOME


ONLINE GALLERY OF PAINTINGS


FRAMING


ARTIST'S HISTORY


ADVENTURES IN NATURE




ONLINE GALLERY OF MAMMALS


EARLY ARTWORK 1990-1996


EARLY ARTWORK 1997 - 2001


BOOK ILLUSTRATIONS


PRINTS


MAPS


WINE


LINKS


SKETCHES


THE ANATOMY OF FLIGHT




w w w . j a y j j o h n s o n . c o m

JOHNSON / ORIGINAL PAINTINGS OF WILDLIFE

: ARTIST'S HISTORY






978-468-3286
jjlmjohnson@comcast.net

View the index page




.

ARTIST'S HISTORY

In this section you'll find by scrolling down the following:
> a brief Biography
> a descriptive History of my artwork
       - 1990 how I got started with oil painting
       - 1996 transitioning to acrylics
       - 2000 my approach toward painting up to the present time
> a series of essays on the creative process
       - Observation
       - Planning
       - Preparation
       - Painting
       - Studio
       - Photography
> a listing of National Exhibitions I've participated in
> a snapshot of Magazine articles featuring my work
> a listing of other news media about my art & travels
> a snapshot of Books featuring my work 


 


Biography

Jay J. Johnson  resides in America's northeast and travels widely across
the North American continent.  His family ancestry includes close ties
to the Maine woods and the Atlantic seacoast of Massachusetts where
he grew up on a wave-bound peninsula.  His knowledge of wildlife comes
from traversing thousands of miles of  American wilderness.  When he
was just seventeen years of age he climbed all 48 of the highest peaks
in the White Mountains of New Hampshire, becoming the youngest 
person to do so in one continuous trek.  Since then he has walked and
paddled through virtually every environment in America from mountain
tops to river valleys to arid deserts.  He has sea-kayaked extensively
along both the Pacific coast and the Atlantic coasts.  He has also hiked
both the Appalachian Trail and the Pacific Crest Trail, totaling 4700 miles.  
He has bicycled 3,000 miles across the southwestern deserts of the
United States; and has driven many thousands of miles more along
western back-country roads in search of his wildlife subjects.  In the
early 1980's he completed a solo wilderness trek spanning sixteen
months, covering 10,000 miles around America (featured in more than
fifty newspapers nationwide).  
Jay%20John%20Muir%20trail%204X100.jpg
At Cornell University he studied both Art and Natural History, gaining an
in-depth scientific knowledge of his wild subjects while at the same time
learning the fundamentals of Traditional and Modern Art.
     Working today in his studio, Johnson follows the time-honored tradition
of painting with oils on fine linen, capturing the movement, spirit and
realism of American wildlife.  His paintings have become part of private
collections nationwide through western galleries in Arizona, California,
Colorado, Oklahoma, and Wyoming, and eastern galleries in Connecticut,
Florida, Pennsylvania, Maine, Massachusetts, Ohio, and Vermont.






.

Wilderness Research Trips  

 
ADVENTURES IN NATURE  (Click to see photos & story)
Research%20trips%20composite%202012%206X100%201A.jpg
For me the greatest joy is being out-of doors.
In the "ADVENTURES IN NATURE" section of this web site you can read and see photographs of my
outdoors adventures, starting in the 1960's continuing right up to the present.  Whether it's kayaking
the coast of British Columbia, hiking the Appalachian Trail, or exploring Belize, I've never been
disappointed by what I've seen.

 

 

 


1990
Early Artwork  

My initiation to painting full time began in 1990 when I finished my first wildlife
painting titled 
"Kit Fox at White Sands."
  Several months went into it, and then 
the jurors at the 
Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum
saw it and decided to include
it in their new show, Wildlife: The Artist's View - followed by a tour to other
museums around the country.  (For info on the museum
click here.) 

1Early%20Oil%2001%20web%205X100%20B.jpg
Kit Fox at White Sands   (my first wildlife painting) 

My approach at this time was from a naturalist's point of view.  I had graduated
from Cornell University with a degree in natural science, and had completed a
10,000 mile trek, exploring the natural environments of America, spending 16
months hiking, paddling, and bicycling.  I had always (from my earliest
childhood recollections) been able to draw and paint, but now I realized that
there were people who actually earned a living by painting pictures of animals.
  
The acceptance at Leigh Yawkey inspired me to create more paintings, and within
a few months I was voted in as new member of the
Society of Animal Artists, an
international organization whose focus is on depicting animals in two-dimensional 
and sculptural art.

     During these early years my “Art” continued to be governed by strong feelings
I had as a naturalist and scientist, which meant imbuing each painting with fine 
details.
  Lichens growing on rocks were not only fascinating because of their
visual patterns, but because of their symbiotic relationship of plant and fungi
living together as one.

Early%20Oil%2085%20WEB%20close-up%205X100%20A.jpg
Close-up from an early painting showing the detail of lichens and rock
  
When I looked at a leaf and noticed a ball-shaped bulge on its under-surface, I
felt it was important to paint that detail because I knew that a parasitic wasp larva
was living inside.  My knowledge of Nature outweighed my knowledge of Art.   
Details and fine-pointed brushes were the order of the day. 
Fortunately this type
of Art was sought after by art collectors and within one year of completing Kit Fox
at White Sands I was working closely with America’s leading publisher of “fine-art-
prints.”  The Greenwich Workshop wanted to make limited edition reproductions of
my paintings and sell them through their network of galleries across America and
Canada.  For the next five years I worked under their direction, creating paintings
for this venue.
 

Wolf%20Creek%20print%205.29X100%201A%20white%20border.jpg
     Wolf Creek (limited edition print) published by
The Greenwich Workshop 


1996
Textured Acrylics 
 
Acrylics (click to see the art)

As my knowledge of the Art World began to catch up with my knowledge of the
Natural World, I began to look beyond the genre of wildlife art to discover other
painting techniques that would convey how I felt about wild creatures.
  My appetite
for studying and learning about other artists’ work was insatiable, and my library
of art books covered the whole gamut of styles and periods.  By 1996 I was prepared
to embark on a new course and direction, to experiment with a new media that
would allow me more freedom.  I chose acrylic paints because of their rapid drying
time.  I had been using slow-drying oils for five years and now appreciated acrylics
ability to dry within minutes, to layer on the paint and create translucent glazes
that would have taken days or weeks with oils.  I developed a method of building
up texture on the panel’s surface with plaster and acrylic paste on top of which I
layered thin paint.  Texture became a new passion, and I even went so far as to glue
pebbles onto the surface to simulate the ground where a fox or quail would stand.

 
Acrylic%20131%20Foxfire%205X100%20B.jpg
Foxfire  20 X 24  acrylic  (exhibited at Artists of America, 1998)
           
In 1998 I was invited to participate in the “Artists of America Exhibition” in Denver. 
This was
 an auspicious occasion on which to show my new acrylic works for the
first time.  Not only did the paintings sell, but the number of ballots cast for my
paintings was second only to one other artist. I went home with renewed enthusiasm
and set to work at a pace that far exceeded anything I had accomplished in oil paints.
 
Over the next two years I envisioned, produced, framed and sold more than 100
paintings.

11%20Acrylic%20close-up%20SLIDE%20%205X100%202%20A.jpg
Close-up of acrylic painting

           


2000 to Present Art (click to see the art)

During the spring of 2000 as one of my acrylics was featured on the cover of
Southwest Art magazine, the leading publication on realism in the American west, I
began once again to experiment with Oils.  My desire to capture animals in motion
was at odds with the acrylic medium.  It seems that the very thing that had attracted
me to acrylics was now the major drawback: the quick drying time.  When you put a
brush-stroke down with acrylic, it sticks.  Put a brush-stroke down with oil paint and
it can be moved, manipulated, and blended in hundred different ways.  Moving animals
required a moving medium.  And so I returned to Oils.

338%20rufous%20hummingbird%206X100%20D.jpg  
Rufous Hummingbird  oil   6.75 X 11.25         



311%20close%202012%201A.jpg
Close-up of an oil painting
 




.



The Art of Painting



 OBSERVATION
Z%20Jay%20photo%20by%20Rob%20wb%201C%205X100.jpg
 Jay J. Johnson in Labrador 2009                                          
(photo by Rob Mullen)

To paint you must first be an observer.  Over the past thirty five years as I’ve
traveled all over America, I’ve been privileged to witness an abundance and
diversity of living things.  There’s no substitute for being there in the natural
environment.  My approach toward painting has been from the perspective of
one who understands ecosystems and biology. At an early age I formed a bond
with Nature that has led me to study the intricacies of plants and animals. At
Cornell University I focused on both the scientific and aesthetic aspects. The
natural environment which surrounds all of us has evolved over millions of years.
Our species, Homo sapiens, evolved within this environment; in close touch with
its wild inhabitants.  Some of the earliest paintings that Man ever produced are
the cave paintings depicting wild prey animals.  Today there is a definite
separation between Man and Nature.  Americans today view more wildlife on TV
than in person.  As an artist who depicts these subjects I have made every effort
to bridge this gap in my own personal life.  This is why I’ve made journeys that
traversed thousands of miles of wilderness, spending months at a time sleeping
out under the stars: to slow down long enough to be an observer.  To read more
about this click
Adventures in Nature

PLANNING
Everyday while I’m at work in my studio I think of more ideas for paintings
than I’ll ever have time paint. There is so much in Nature that I could convey.
And I have so much enthusiasm for it all. The task (or job) is to filter out what
I feel the most emotion for, and then concentrate on those aspects. Within
arms reach of my easel is a six foot high window that looks out over a wooded
wetland. On any given day there will be chickadees, titmice, nuthatches, juncos,
sparrows, and cardinals feeding just outside the glass. Further off are rambunctious
squirrels. Each season brings variations here in New England; in winter I can see
deer against white snow among bare branches; in summer a family of woodchucks
moves in. It’s the movement and the change that catches my attention. I’ve been
focusing on that. For me the natural world is always moving - whether it’s birds
flying or deer walking or leaves blowing in the wind. There’s always something
moving and changing. Clouds drifting across the sky block out the sun and instantly
alter the lighting of whole forests.
Deliberately my paintings seek to capture movement.

                    
the changing seasons  (details from my paintings)
Seasons%20composite%205X100%202012%20B.jpg 
          Spring                    Summer                   Autumn                     Winter

PREPARATION
Museum professionals have found that most of the damages of aging that so many
oil paintings have experienced over past centuries are due to the surface on which
they were painted. Oil paint is not flexible when it dries; it becomes a thin brittle
layer supported by whatever it was painted on. Science and technology have shown
us that linen canvas and its surface preparation (rabbit skin glue) absorb atmospheric
moisture, and consequently expand and contract with changing humidity. Also canvas
that is initially stretched tight between stretcher bars (as most paintings were) loses
its tautness over time. These contributing factors explain why most historic paintings
that we see in museums are etched with fine cracks.
Cracked%20oil%20painting%202.68X100%20B.jpg
Close-up of a historic painting showing network of cracks

Before I begin painting I create a solid surface by "mounting" the linen by hand with
archival adhesive on the highest quality hardwood panel that is moisture resistant.
The texture of the Belgian linen is still excellent, as it has been for centuries since the
early Europeans first learned how to make it by extracting the long fibers of the flax
plant. From this same plant is extracted the oil with which oil paints are primarily
composed. The fabric was named "linen" and the oil was named "linseed." Both from
the same plant crop. The irony is that linseed oil must never come in direct contact
with linen. A thin layer of gesso must always separate the two parts of the plant.
(Linseed oil causes linen to break down.)


PAINTING
"Painting should always be a challenge.  With the goal of expanding your knowledge
and creativity, it becomes a lifelong journey of exploration."  This pretty much sums
up my outlook, so that rather than painting the same subjects over and over again in
the same manner, I prefer to "evolve" and make new observations.  It's similar to
how I've approached my travels outdoors in the wilderness. 
To me there's nothing better than pushing ahead into unknown territory.
Boston%20Globe%20Self%20Photo%201997%205X100%201C%20with%20border.jpg
                                                                              photo from the
Boston Globe 1997
 
On this web site you’ll find two sections that show some of my earlier paintings from
as far back as 1990. You can see exactly where I’ve been and where I am presently
going. My artwork began with the realistic painting of Nature and continues to focus on
that. Along the way I moved from carefully executed paintings in oils to more
impressionistic acrylic paintings to today’s current paintings in looser, more energetic
oils.

STUDIO
Studio%2011-13-05%20_14C%204.5X100%20A.jpg
My studio with 9 foot high ceiling and 6 foot high northlight window is first and
foremost a functional place to work.  While the window provides a lot of light,
I also rely on a combination of overhead "daylight fluorescent lamps" and
"halogen lamps" to simulate the different lighting conditions under which my
painting might be seen (such as "natural" light, "gallery & museum" light, and
"home" light).  The rolling painting table in the front center (decorated with
silk plants and flowers) contains all my paints, brushes and tools, and has a
built-in-pallette.  It allows me to position all these working materials exactly
where I need them next to the easel which I built myself.  I have a lot of silk
plants hanging around the studio which combined with the view out the window
give me the feeling of being outdoors while I paint.  I often have sounds of nature
playing on the CD stereo system - sounds as diverse as insects of Borneo, frogs
of the Amazon, bird calls of New Zealand, as well as all the familiar sounds of 
North America's natural environments.  In the front right is a 24" LCD computer
monitor.  On the shelves above are some of my art books, and paper supplies. 
To the left are floor-to-ceiling cabinets the whole length of a 24 foot wall (only
part of which is shown in the photo).  These contain everything I need to work
with.

Scout%20SLIDE%202.5X100%20border%20B.jpg
Wildlife action on the windowsill: My cat
"Scout" faces off with a squirrel on the 
otherside of the glass

The "studio" is only one third of the entire space, the other areas contain storage
racks for paintings in progress (I have dozens in various stages of completion), all
sorts of frames, and shipping materials.  Of course my cat (pictured on the floor)
has free range over everything.  When he was younger he would carry paint brushes
in his mouth up the stairs at night and lay them at the foot of my bed.


PHOTOGRAPHY
Animals do not remain stationary for long, and it’s not possible to do a painting
entirely from memory. No one can sketch or paint fast enough to capture
accurately a moving animal in the wild. Early artists such as Audubon solved
this problem by shooting their subjects with a gun. They brought the animal
back to the studio to be propped up and posed for however long it took to paint
the motionless specimen.
Cameras%206-5-09%20B%20018%205X100%20crop%201D%20border.jpg
My camera equipment  (2009)
 
Photography has opened a lot of new possibilities. Today’s digital cameras
combined with precision telephoto lenses and image-stabilization can accurately
capture the natural movements of animals, their living colors, and surrounding
environments in ways that could only be imagined just decades ago. Since 1973
when my parents first gave me a 35mm single-lens-reflex camera in my early
teens, I have been photographing everything I see outdoors, from the tiniest
insects to the largest mountains. At a young age I became fluent in camera
jargon such as f-stops, shutter speeds, and depth-of-field. Over the years I have
accumulated tens of thousands of 35mm slides, all of which are precisely catalogued
and stored so that they are available for use in my paintings. Scanning these into
a computer has further enhanced this archive for painting possibilities. Today I
download images directly from my digital camera’s memory cards. Even more
valuable to me now is a Digital Camcorder which can capture whole sections of
time during which an animal may be running or flying. Back in my studio I can
view the entire episode on a computer monitor in ultra-slow motion to “capture”
whatever images I find most interesting using special software.
Wren%20composite%206X100%20border%20green%201A.jpg
Carolina Wren taking off from my bird-feeding area outside my studio window 
 
In traditional Art genres (such as still-life, landscape, and portraiture) the use of
photography has often been frowned upon. In these genres the artist typically
positions himself in front of a motionless subject and paints what he sees with his
eyes. This is fine if you intend to limit your interests to only that which can be easily
seen. But if you want to create paintings of such elusive subjects as wild animals,
then you need to utilize more sophisticated techniques. People unfamiliar with
photography in painting often assume that the artist positions himself in front of a
photograph as he would a still-life and simply copies what he sees in a single photograph.
This is hardly the case. 
     My approach is to first review what images I have on file, looking for that
indefinable something that sparks my interest enough to want to paint it. Let's say it
involves a particular species of bird in flight. Most often it is the position or posture of a
bird combined with the right illumination, like a ballet dancer on stage making a
beautiful shape or movement beneath the spotlights. From this I draw my initial concept.
The digital resolution is often low on Camcorder images, so I have to search my image
archive for other shots which can be used to “re-construct” parts of the bird. It may
require half a dozen photos to paint a single bird. If the head is blurred or fuzzy,
for example, I'll need to find an image that shows the bird's head from the same angle
in better detail, or if its wings are out of focus, then I'll need photos of wing feathers.
The background often takes form on the painting surface, but sometimes it may evolve
in a sketch as I explore what abstract colors and shapes work best with the shape of the
bird. I generally like to keep the background "loose" and "abstract" because that’s how
the human eye sees it when motion is fast. Visible strokes of a brush add energy and life.
With the background generally painted and the bird positioned, I start considering what
plants might likely be seen in this species' environment. Again this requires a search through
my visual files until some possible candidates found. I try them out, one by one. I make
adjustments. I may alter the background. I may re-arrange the plants. I may even move the
bird or alter the colors. The process of painting “from photographs” is very different from
painting what is in right in front of you. On the one hand you have a stationary and tangible
set of objects. On the other hand you have fragments of ideas that must be pieced together
to re-create something that was once glimpsed and felt.

Z%20Johnson%20Jay%2001%20crop%201%205X100%20with%20insert%20B.jpg
Plein air painting in Labrador (2008).  (A good example of the traditional approach
to painting a particular subject.)






.

National Exhibitions


At the "Artists of America" exhibition in Denver 1998 



GREAT
AMERICAN ARTISTS

Cincinnati, Ohio   2001
1%20Great%20American%20Artists%20composite%204.26X100%201A.jpg
Great American Artists exhibition held at The Cincinnati Club



ARTISTS OF AMERICA

Colorado History Museum, Denver, Colorado   1998
1%20Artists%20of%20America%204.07X100%202E.jpg 




NATIONAL MUSEUM OF WILDLIFE ART

Jackson Hole, Wyoming    
Western Visions Exhibition: 2001, 2000, '99, '98, '97, '95, '94, '93, '92, '91
National%20Museum%20of%20Wildlife%20Art%20%205X100%20C.jpg



GILCREASE MUSEUM

Tulsa, Oklahoma    
American Art in Miniature Exhibition: 2008, '07, 2'06, '04, '01, '00, 1999
Gilcrease%20museum%20photo%20jpeg%202.73X100%201C.jpg




LEIGH YAWKEY WOODSON ART MUSEUM
Wausau, Wisconsin   2006, 2003, 1998, '93, '92, '91, '90
Leigh%20Yawkey%20Woodson%20Art%20Museum%20photo%202.91X100%201c.jpg

2006
Birds in Art Exhibtion & National Tour:
The Wildlife Experience, Parker,
   CO; Lindsay Wildlife Museum, Walnut Creek, CA; R.W. Norton Art Gallery,
  Shreveport, LA
2003 Birds in Art Exhibtion & National Tour:
Lindsay Wildlife Museum, Walnut
  Creek, CA
1998 Birds in Art Exhibtion & National Tour:
Museum of the Southwest, Midland,
   Texas; Lindsay Wildlife Museum, Walnut Creek, CA; Deleware Museum of Natural 
   History, Wilmington, DE 
1993 Natural Wonders Exhibtion & National Tour:
Anniston Museum of Natural
   History, Anniston, AL; Fort Morgan Museum, Fort Morgan, CO; Rockport Center
   for the Arts, Rockport, TX; Parkersburg Art Center, Parkersburg, WV; Gallery
   of Sporting Art, Genesee County Museum, Mumford, NY; Lake Whales Museum,
   Lake Wales, FL
1992 Birds in Art Exhibtion & National Tour:
Buffalo Museum of Science,
   Buffalo, NY; The Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, PA; The High
   Desert Museum, Bend, OR
1991 Birds in Art Exhibtion & National Tour:
American Museum of Natural
   History, New York, NY; The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury, MD;
   Washington State Historical Society, Tacoma, WA
1990 Wildlife: The Artist's View Exhibtion & National Tour:
Rochester Museum
   & Science Center, Rochester, NY; Krasl Art Center, St. Joseph, Michigan; The R.W.
   Norton Art Gallery, Shreveport, LA; The Cleveland Museum of Natural History,
   Cleveland, OH; Grassmere Wildlife Park, Nashville, TN; The High Desert Museum,
   Bend, OR



SOCIETY OF ANIMAL ARTISTS
ANNUAL EXHIBITIONS: 2009, '08, '07, '06, '04, '03, '00,
1999, 97, '96, '93, '91, '90
SAA_headquarters_sm.jpg
.
2009 National Exhibition: The Wildlife Experience, Parker, CO 
2008 National Exhibition:
Neville Public Museum, Green Bay, WI
 
2007 National Exhibition & National Museum Tour:
The Wildlife Experience,
   Parker, CO; West Valley Art Museum, Surprise, AZ; Spartanburg Art Museum,
   Spartanburg, SC; Zanesville Art Center, Zanesville, OH; Arizona-Sonora
   Desert Museum Art Institute, Tucson, AZ 
2006 National Exhibition & National Museum Tour:
The Wildlife Experience,
   Parker, CO; West Valley Art Museum, Surprise, AZ; Bergstrom-Maher Museum,
   Neenah, WI; Hickory Museum of Art, Hickory, NC
2003 National Exhibition: The Hiram Blauvelt museum, Oradell, NJ
2004
National Exhibition & National Museum Tour:
Hiram Blauvelt
   Art Museum, Oradell, NJ; Lakeview Museum of Arts and Sciences, Peoria, IL;
   West Valley Art Museum, Surprise, AZ; Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural
   History, Norman, OK; University of Nebraska State Museum, Lincoln, NE; The Art
   Institute at the Arizona-Sonora desert Museum, Tucson, AZ
2003 
National Exhibition: The Hiram Blauvelt museum, Oradell, NJ
2000
National Museum Tour: The William S. Fairfield Public Gallery, Sturgeon Bay,
   WI; Aca
demy Art Museum, Easton, MD; Burpee Museum of Natural History, Rockford,
   IL; University of Nebraska State Museum, Lincoln, NE; Corpus Christi Museum of
   Science and History, South Texas Institute for the Arts, Corpus Christi, TX 
 
1999 National Exhibition & National Museum Tour:
Cleveland Museum of Natural
   History, Cleveland, OH; Burpee Museum of Natural History, Rockford, IL; Neville
   Public Museum, Green Bay, WI; Utah Museum of Natural History, Salt Lake City,
   UT; RW Norton Art Gallery, Shreveport, LA
1997 National Exhibition & National Museum Tour:
Fort Hayes Metropolitan
   Educational Center, Columbus, OH, Hiram Blauvelt Art Museum, NJ
1996 National Exhibition & National Museum Tour:
The Witte Museum, San
   Antonio, TX; The Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, PA; Neville
   Public Museum, Green Bay, WI; The R.W. Norton Art Gallery, Shreveport, LA;
   Delaware Museum of Natural History, Wilmington, DE
1993 National Exhibition & National Museum Tour:
Washington State Historical
   Society, Tacoma, WA,; University of Nebraska State Museum, Lincoln, NE; The
   Arts and Science Center for Southeast Arkansas, Pine Bluff, AR; The Carnegie
   Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, PA; The High Desert Museum, Bend, OR
1991 National Exhibition & National Museum Tour:
The Cleveland Museum of
   Natural History, Cleveland, OH; Virginia Museum of Natural History, Martinsville,
   VA; The Witte Museum, San Antonio, TX; San Bernardino County Museums,
   Redlands, CA; Anniston Museum of Natural History, Anniston, AL
1990 National Exhibition & National Museum Tour:
St. Hubert's Giralda Animal
   Art Museum, Madison, NJ; Science Museum of Virginia, Richmond, VA; Glen
   Helen Nature Preserve, Yellow Spring, OH; Denver Museum of Natural History,
   Denver, CO; Bloomington Park District Museum, Chicago, IL


U.S. EMBASSY, MOSCOW, Russia

1992 - 1991
US%20Embassy%20Moscow%20photo%202X100%202A.jpg




MASTERWORKS IN MINIATURE

Gallery One, Mentor, Ohio
2009, 2008, '07, '06, '05, '03, '02, '01, '00, 1999, '98, '97, '96, '95,
'94, '93, '92, 91, 90
Gallery%20One%20mentor%20Ohio%20photo%202.45X100%201B.jpg 



ART OF THE ANIMAL KINGDOM

Bennington Center for the Arts, Bennington, Vermont
2007, '06, '05, '03, '01, 1998, 1997
Bennington%20center%20photo%203.7X100%201C.jpg



BEST IN THE WEST ART AUCTION

Park City, Utah   2001, 2000
1%20Best%20in%20the%20West%201.97X100%203C.jpg
Exhibition held at the Grand Summit Hotel



ANIMALS IN ART

Massachusetts State House, Boston, MA   1997
Massachusetts%20state%20house%20photo%202.577X100%202D.jpg 



ARTS FOR THE PARKS

Jackson Hole, Wyoming   2004, '03, 1997, 1990
Jackson%20Lake%20Lodge%20photo%202.918X100%202B.jpg
Opening held at the Jackson Lake Lodge in the Grand
Tetons National Park, WY

2004 Arts for the Parks Exhibition & National Museum Tour
1997 Arts for the Parks Exhibition & National Museum Tour: 
   Jackson Lake Lodge, Jackson, WY; Jefferson National Memorial, St. Louis,
   MO; Braithwate Gallery, Cedar City, UT; Dunnegan Gallery, Bolivar, MO;
   Heritage Arts, Millbury, MA; Cultural Arts, Estes park, CO; Four Seasons
   Art, Hendersonville, NC
1990 Arts for the Parks Exhibition & National Museum Tour:
   Cumberland Mueum, Nashville, TN; Santa Barbara Natural History
   Museum, Santa Barber, CA; Chamizal National Monument, El Paso, TX; Frye
   Art Museum, Seattle, WA



THE GREAT AMERICAN LANDSCAPE

Bighorn Galleries, CA, CO, CT, WY
1995


AMERICAN MINIATURES EXHIBITION

Settlers West Galleries, Tucson, Arizona
2001, 1994, '93, '92


MASTERVISIONS EXHIBITION

Gallery One, Mentor, Ohio
1993



MEMORIES EXHIBITION

GWS Galleries, Carmel, California
1992



AUDUBON ARTISTS' EXHIBITION

The National Arts Club, New York, NY
1991



GRAND NATIONAL EXHIBITION

Salmagundi Club, New York, NY
1991



NATIONAL FOREST CENTENIAL TOUR

Exhibition toured in Wyoming, Minnesota, and Virginia
1991



VANISHING NATURE EXHIBITION

Opening in Houston, TX; Toured to Virginia and Ontario
1990






.

Magazines


SOUTHWEST ART
magazine
     
June 2001
1%20Southwest%20Art%20front%20page%20with%20border%20C.jpg
"Wolf-Walk" on the cover

1%20Southwest%20Art%20composite%207X100%20B.jpg
feature article


 


U.S.ART  magazine   
December 2000
1%20US%20Art%20composite%20B%206.28X100.jpg 
feature article


WILDLIFE ART  magazine
March 2000
1%20Wildlife%20Art%20magazine%20composite%206.183X100%20B.jpg
feature article




AMERICAN ARTIST magazine
December 1999
1%20American%20Artist%20composite%202D%207X100.jpg 
feature article 

 


News Media
Wild America Journey (1981 & 1982) 

Evening News, Salem, MA, 6/3/81; Marblehead Reporter, Marblehead, MA, 6/4/81; Katahdin Times, Millinocket, ME,
6/23/81; Eagle Times, Claremont, NH, 7/6/81; Daily Citizen-News, Dalton, GA, 10/29/81; Pickens County Progress,
Jasper, GA, 10/29/81; Alabama Journal, Montgomery, AL, 11/3/81; Daily Home, Talladega, AL, 11/11/81; Mobile
Register, Mobile, AL, 11/19/81; Mobile Press, Mobile, AL, 11/19/81; Boston, Globe, Boston, MA, 11/20/81; Daily
Evening Item, Lynn, MA, 11/20/81; Mississippi Press, Pascagoula, MS, 11/26/81; Daily Herald, Biloxi, MS, 11/27/81;
West Bank Guide, Gretna, LA, 12/13/81; Houma Daily Courier, Houma, AL, 12/17/81; Daily Review, Morgan City, AL,
12/81; Times-Picayune, New Orleans, LA, 12/10/81; Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Sarasota, FL, 12/11/81; Orange Leader,
Orange, TX, 1/13/82; Port Arthur News, Port Arthur, TX, 1/16/82; Galveston Daily News, Galveston, TX, 1/18, 22/82;
The Facts, Clute, TX, 1/30/82; Houston Chronicle, Houston, TX, 2/4/82; Rockport Pilot, Rockport, TX, 2/82; Valley
Morning Star, Harligen, TX, 3/2/82; Brownsville Herald, Brownsville, TX, 3/3/82; South Padre Press, Port Isabel, TX,
3/3/82; News-Guide, Eagle Pass, TX, 3/4,11/82; News-Herald, Del Rio, TX, 3/1/82; Carlsbad Current-Argus, Carlsbad,
NM, 3/16/82; Artesia Daily Press, Artesia, NM, 3/82; Alamagordo Daily News, Alamagordo, NM, 3/18/82; Independent,
Springerville, AZ, 3/25/82; Independent, Gallup, NM, 3/26/82; Times-Independent, Moab, UT, 4/1/82; Southern Utah
News, Kanab, UT, 4/8/82; Desert Trail, San Bernardino County, CA, 4/8/82; Palo Verde Times, CA, 4/14/82; Star-News,
Chula Vista, CA, 4/22/82; Hood River News, OR, 9/8/82; Boston Globe, Boston, MA, 10/11/82


Other News Media

A BRUSH WITH NATURE, North Shore Sunday, Ipswich, MA 12/19/99

JAY J. JOHNSON, Hamilton/Wenham Chronicle, Ipswich, MA, 12/23/99

WILDLIFE ARTIST, Boston Globe, Boston, MA (full-page, 2/8/98)

"I PAINT WHAT I HAVE SEEN," Boston Globe, Boston, MA, (full-page, full-color, 5/11/97)

WILDERNESS JOURNEY, The Evening News, Salem, MA (3/19/97)

NATURE PAINTING, Marblehead & Swampscott Reporters, MA (3/6/97)

CAPTURING THE WILD, The Evening News, Salem, MA (11/21/96)

A BRUSH WITH NATURE, Beverly Citizen, Beverly, MA (11/13/96)

CALL OF THE WILD, Beverly Citizen, Beverly, MA (11/6/96)

JAY JOHNSON: AN ARTIST CAPTURES IMAGES OF WILDLIFE, Hamilton/Wenham Chronicle, MA (10/30/96)

ART AND THE ANIMAL, San Antonio Express-News, San Antonio, TX (10/20/96)

JAY J. JOHNSON, Massachusetts Audubon Society, Sharon, MA (Fall 1996)

WILDLIFE FOR JAY JOHNSON, Worcester Telegram, Worcester, MA (6/30/96)

WILDLIFE ART EXHIBITION, Sanctuary, Massachusetts Audubon Society, MA (Vol. 35, No. 6, 6/96)

JAY JOHNSON'S TRAVELING ART SHOW, New England Wildlife Artists Quarterly, Millbury, MA ('96)

AN EVENING WITH WILDLIFE ARTIST JAY J. JOHNSON, WAA Spectrum, Watertown, MA (Nov. 1995)

ARRVAL OF AN ARTIST, North Shore Sunday, Ipswich, MA (3/17/91)

A REALIST NATURALLY, The Evening News, Salem, MA (2/28/91)

ANIMAL ARTISTS, Desert News, Salt Lake City, UT (Jan. 1991)

NATURE & ART: JAY J. JOHNSON, Cornell Alumni News, Ithaca, NY (12/90)

A VISUAL SAFARI, The Independent, New Providence, NJ (10/24/90)

JOHNSON'S PAINTINGS ARE ON TOUR COAST TO COAST, Marblehead Reporter, Marblehead, MA (9/20/90)

ARTIST COMPLETES TREK, Pinedale Roundup, Pinedale, WY (9/16/90)

ARTIST SPREADS INFLUENCE BEYOND TOWN'S BORDERS, The Evening News, Salem, MA (9/14/90)



 




.



 


BOOKS

 


NatureWatch%20Book%20Cover%20with%20border%203.13X100%20A.jpg
New England NatureWatch (2003)
published by Commonwealth Editions, Beverly, MA
illustrated by Jay J. Johnson with approximately 70 black & white paintings

Click to see the illustrations:
BOOK ILLUSTRATIONS
NatureWatch%20composite%207X100%20B.jpg

NatureWatch%20composite%202%207X100A.jpg

Author, Tom Long, has distilled 6 years' work as the Boston Globe's "NatureWatch" columnist to create a month-by-month 
wake-up call to the abundant life in our own backyards.  Each of the 12 chapters encompasses one month, described
first as an essay, then day by day in brief snapshots of what may be transpiring somewhere in New England.
      Mr. Long says this of his writing: "Nature isn't something you experience through a television, it's right out there in
your own backyard.  Those of us who are lucky enough to live in New England have front-row seats to a full calendar of
natural dramas that play themselves out every second of every day."

 


Art from the Parks (2000)
Hardcover  144 pages   published by Northlight Books, Cincinnati, OH  

Book%20-%20Art%20from%20the%20Parks%207X100%20border%20A.jpg
Jay J. Johnson contributor



 


Painting More Creatively (2000)
Paperback 
published by Northlight Books, Cincinnati, OH

Book%20-%20Painting%20More%20Creatively%204X100%20border%20A.jpg 
Jay J. Johnson contributor 

 


Best of Wildlife Art II (1999)
Hardcover  144 pages   published by Northlight Books, Cincinnati, OH

Book%20-%20Best%20of%20Wildlife%20Art%204X100%20border%20A.jpg
Jay J. Johnson contributor




Wildlife Art (1999)
Hardcover   142 pages  
published by Rockport Publishers, Gloucester, MA

Book%20-%20Wildlife%20Art%20Singer%204X100%20border%20A.jpg
Jay J. Johnson contributor




Painting Birds (1996)
Hardcover   136 pages   published by Northlight Books, Cincinnati, OH 

Painting%20Birds%2046-%2051%207X100%20border%20D.jpg
Jay J. Johnson contributed pages 46 - 51

Painting%20Birds%2052%20-%2057%207X100%20border%20D.jpg
pages 52 - 57

Painting%20Birds%2058%20-%2061%207X100%20border%20D.jpg
pages 58 - 61


Click to return to Home Page

















Sign In