Artist: Lois Johnson
Title: Sheltered Valley II
Size: 30" x 30"
Paper (Sheet) Size: 37" x 36"
Edition: Signed and Numbered, Limited Edition to 195
Medium: Giclée on Museo Paper
About the Artist: The textures and colors of coastal California were firmly impressed upon the mind of the artist as a child growing up in the Santa Cruz Mountains. She never forgot her love for the California coast, even as her family moved to the San Joaquin Valley and her marriage took her to the Southwest. Recognition as an artist first came in the Southwest when she was included in "Contemporary Western Artists Magazine" and Who’s Who in the West. Her work was also represented in many major collections among them General Motors, Firestone, The Wickenburg Art Museum and the US Department of Justice.
Although enjoying her successes in the Southwest, Johnson still longed for the coast of California and soon returned there to paint coastal scenes. Under the influence of the French Impressionists she painted en plein air capturing the breadth and beauty of the California land and seascape.
Recently Lois was honored at a congressional reception where she received a silver award from the curator of the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. Her work was presented in a traveling exhibition to museums and universities across the country including Georgetown University, John f. Kennedy Museum, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and is on permanent display on Ellis Island.