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Artist Jeffery Johnston .....

(262) 745-6115
jeffjartone@yahoo.com

Born and raised in the Midwest, Jeff Johnston discovered a passion for drawing young in life. In his earlier years he focused mostly on wildlife, fresh water fish, and birds of North America. During his high school years he became interested in designing plant life with unique shapes. He has painted close to a dozen mural-sized primitive and imaginative acrylic landscape paintings. One such mural was commissioned by his high school "Badger High School". He continued his education at the Massachusetts College of Art where he concentrated on the study of light and color. Here he worked exclusively from an actual subject, both indoors and outdoors.

In 1985 he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). Here he concentrated on the figure and studied with the landscape legend, Robert Skaggs. Known for fostering avante guard artists, Jeff found that SAIC nurtured his more traditional styles as well.

Shortly after, he was invited to participate in the Union League Club of Chicago's show "Big Shoulders - Views of Chicago" exhibition in which two of his cityscapes were juried. Subsquently, two of his figure studies in oil were juried in the Illinois Small Painting Exhibition at Western Illinois University.

Always keeping art at the forefront of his career he worked on television storyboards in the advertising field and traveled as a recruitment representative for SAIC in which he interviewed high school students, reviewed portfolios, made recommendations for admission and Merit Scholarship awards. He has also taught art technique at both Home School and Adult Education Centers.

Mr. Johnston has continued to be a regular participant in numerous exhibitions in various local libraries, art centers and shows throughout the Midwest and Massachusetts. Today he has many pictures in private and corporate collections. He often exhibits in group shows throughout southeastern Wisconsin and northern Illinois.  He is a frequent exhibitor at the Anderson Art Center in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Though he has experience in a variety of mediums, charcoal, oils, color pencil and pastel, the latter has proven to be his favorite. The common thread that is present in all of his pictures is that of quality of light and color. He often chooses a landscape scene because he likes one or two colors and enjoys the challenge of capturing the light, time of day, season and weather ... all before they change, typcally within an hour. He strives to convey what the day feels like. It may be via sunlight warming a roof of a house or barn, or the leathery undersides of oak leaves while being blown upside down. His 'artwork is a result of what I see and find interesting just as it is. For me, the challenge is to render a subject faithfully, simplifying it with big bold strokes of color while keeping details to a minimum. The attitude I have toward art is that beauty is everywhere.'

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The Abbey

Library - Ice on Lake

Koi Pond 2 at Bella Vista

Koi Pond at Bella Vista

Lake Tomahawk

Driehaus Fountain at The Riviera

Small Pier

Grandma's House

Shore View

Daylilies under Steps

Angel Watching

Sunrise over Geneva Lake

Wheatland Farmstead

Maytag Point

River Bend in Fox River

George & Gina's

Bill's House

Geneva Towers

Black Bullhead & Fry

Brook Trout

Brown Trout & Perch

Lake Trout

Large Pike & Cisco

Largemouth Bass & Crappie

Perch & Northern Pike

Smallmouth Bass

Twilight Walleye

White Bass & Emerald Shiners

Tuscany

Tahattawan Road

Tree Top View - Silver Lake

Ryan Estate - Forest Floor

Silver Lake - Park Drive

South Shore Drive

Noth Granby Barn

Chuck Lennon

Red Roof House

Keith's Auto Body

Kenosha County in April

Lake Path

Geneva Bay in October

Humid Day

Ice on The Lake

Edge of The Oaks

First Flurries

Geneva Bay in Spring

Black Point

Calm water at Riviera

Red Boat at the Water's Edge - Cindy's View

Geneva Cruise Line

Horticultural Hall

Kathy's View

Lakefront in Spring

Library Path

McCarthy's Pier

Pier 881

Shem's Yard

View From Wooddale

After The Rain

Andy & Linda's Cottage

House

Pond

White River in Burlington Farm

Bella Vista's View of Geneva Lake

Interior

Storm on Geneva Bay

Fountain at The Riviera

Son with Pheasant

Lake Shore Path and Pier 888

Library entrance

Autumn Glow

Bob Marley

Canvas Backs

Fisherman with Northern

Gladiolias and Carnations

Municipal Pier in Williams Bay

Noon at The Narrows

Christmas House

The Garden

Clark Station

Citgo Snow Crescent

Chicago Garden by Sears Tower

BP Connect

Bumble Bee Park

View From Grant Park

Mural 2

Linclon Park Conservatory

Main Street

Birch

Rowan

Ash

Alder

Willow

Hawthorn

Oak

Holly

Hazel

Vine

Ivy

Reed

Elder

Water, Water Everywhere

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