Welcome to Douglas Johnson's website. Click on the links or scroll down to learn more about Douglas's dynamic artistry.

Douglas's works depicting musicians and dancers will be on display from September-December 2019 at City Cafe (1001 Cathedral St., Baltimore, MD, 21201), with a special opening party celebrating City Cafe's 25th anniversary starting at 5PM, Wednesday September 5th

"Andersen," Watercolor on Paper, happily hung in a home
There's nothing really linear about paint - there's nothing really linear about what we see: we see pieces of color in certain ways.

landscape imagery.

People have a glow about them, especially around the lips, the eyes, the ears... there's a luminosity there that's very hard to get.

the human form.

theater design/concept.

Sometimes it feels like playing chess. I think about watercolor like chess - you can't take a move back once you've made it. That intimidates some people, but I actually appreciate that about watercolor, because all the light I'm going to get is already there in the paper.

the organism series.

The painter is just a chef who works with color... I love to cook, and a big part of being an artist is not being afraid of making a mess first and then bringing it together. 


Douglas Johnson is a fine artist who has made Baltimore his home since 1987 when he began his studies at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA). In addition to his accomplishments as a painter, he has been an active member of the theatric community as a writer, director, and a producer of set designs for Annex Theater, Yellow Sign Theatre, Frith and Inle, Everyman Theater, and the Baltimore Rock Opera Society. Johnson's experience in preservation includes work with Cunningham-Adams's restoration of the Brumidi Corridors of the United States Capitol.

American Artist Magazine has praised Johnson’s “provocative approach to watercolor, one that relies on shockingly vibrant colors [and] flowing strokes of transparent paint,” describing him as a “serious and well-informed” artist.

Johnson has recently renewed his interest in the classical portrait by participating in local artist Grant Anderson’s weekly Studio 5N Life Drawing sessions.

You don't have to really spend a lot of time on every eyelash and fingernail, just get that sense of who that person is, what their spirit is like.


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Detail from the Brumidi Corridor in the Capitol building, Washington, D.C.

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