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"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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