About

Scott C Johnson

Artist Statement

In the act of painting
it is my intent to express a beauty
my soul yearns to manifest
in imagery of lush colors and
open space.

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The images often arrive out of waking or,

quiet [trance like] moments in their entirety.

When I am available to chase them down,
the ceremony of starting blossoms
into a myriad of new directions.
Thus the chase continues
and I will often not know the direction of a painting
until it is over halfway done.
Mastering patience of the medium
and perseverance of vision
is the practice I have chosen.

Scott Colin Johnson

Although Scott C. Johnson’s landscape studies are rooted in plein air painting, early-on he began to add the little touches that rouse the imagination—the faint treetops that indicate a valley beyond the hill, or the tiny glint of water that tantalizes over a grassy dune. These hints at an unseen landscape beyond the one we see, were an introduction to his dream world.

Scott developed the soft washes of the Japanese tradition, as well as the refined linework of the Persian miniature. As he grew more confident with the brush, he also became more involved in meditational techniques, and the painting became more concerned with recording a process, a trance state, a finding of the happy accident, and less with a specific reality.

He is a developed sensual being, with an appreciation for music, dance and garden design. Scott’s love of nature, refreshed by frequent trips and hikes, is evident in his work, but its mood, often portrayed by impending weather, dominates the objects in the landscape. There are subtle references to change in the clouds and stronger references to death and loneliness in the leafless trees of his latest work, yet the mood is never hopeless, but lets us know that the next season, bringing the tiny leaves of Spring, is just beyond and approaching.

Scott C Johnson Painting

Painting on the floor in the Gorge.

SELECTED EXHIBITIONS
2012
Waterstone Gallery, one person show
University of Portland, one person show
2011
Waterstone Gallery, one person show
White Bird Gallery, one person show
Sitka Art Invitational
2010
Waterstone Gallery, one person show
White Bird Gallery, one person show
Sitka Art Invitational
2009
Brian Marki Fine Art, one person show
White Bird Gallery, one person show
Waterstone Gallery, one person show
2008
White Bird Gallery, one person showsweetgrass
Waterstone Gallery, one person show
2007
White Bird Gallery, one person show
Waterstone Gallery, one person show
SOCO Gallery, CA, one person show
2006
White Bird Gallery, one person show
Waterstone Gallery, one person show
2005
White Bird Gallery, one person show
Waterstone Gallery, one person show
2004
Sitka Center, invitational
Beppu Gallery, one person show
Waterstone Gallery, one person show,
2003
White Bird Gallery, one person show
Waterstone Gallery, one person show
2002
White Bird Gallery, one person show
Beppu Gallery, two person show
Waterstone Gallery, one person show, Winter
Waterstone Gallery, one person show, Spring
2001
Waterstone Gallery, one person show
Beppu Gallery, two person show
Waterstone Gallery, one person show
1999
Waterstone Gallery, one person show
1990
Graystone Gallery, one person show
1989
Summit Springs Art Slate, ’89 Invitational
Best of Category
1988
Justice Center Gallery, one person show
Blackfish Gallery, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”
Invitational
1987
Graystone Gallery, one person show
1986
Oregon Art Annual, invitational, Best of Category
COLLECTIONS
Represented in private collections throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Japan.