Past Show

Featured Show :: Kathleen Day Johnson

'Lulu' by Kathleen Day Johnson

Showing: September 2006

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“Working Down East” a collection of original oil paintings by our featured artist of the month Kathleen Day Johnson, opened Friday, September 15th and ran into October 2006.

Born in Maine and now residing in Mount Desert Island for almost twenty years, Kathleen has been influenced by the beauty and the art of the natural world around her that began in her childhood.

Her career as an artist first appeared in its earliest stages with her elementary school teachers having a hard time reading her schoolwork because her papers were covered in elaborate drawings and designs. This continued as she received a first place prize in a science fair for her illustrated report on insects. Kathleen went on to attend the Skitikuk School in Orono, Maine and was invited to attend Unity College on scholarship. She also attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and the Kansas City Art Institute through scholarship as well.

From this educational groundwork combined with her own intuitive response to her environment, Kathleen and her trusty Jack Russell Terrier, capture photographs of her surrounding environment to be used for the creation of her paintings. Her paintings are then based on abstract foundations from the photograph, her memory, and her imagination. Kathleen works strictly in oils and her favorite subjects are typically sculptural in quality– from boats and their reflections to fishermen and dock workers in Acadia.

Her career as an artist has flourished as she has been selected to exhibit in every juried show to which she has applied. She has membership in the American Women Artists, Saint Jo, Texas, as well as The Salmagundi Club, New York City where she was selected to exhibit in their 25th Annual Exhibition.

Kathleen considers herself an artist specializing in oil paintings of Down East Maine, it’s people, and the Maine outdoors, through its changing seasons and colors, beautiful landscapes, and coastlands.