Gail Johnson

Contemporary Artist

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Gail spent her formative years in upstate New York with an avid interest in art since her teens taking instruction at Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, NY. She attended Boston University, then moved to Toronto taking preparatory courses at Central Technical School and Ontario College of Art for admission into University of Toronto’s Medical Illustration Degree Program.

Moving with her husband to Vancouver Island, British Columbia, she furthered her art education at Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo. Although she continued drawing and painting, her energies were directed to the creation of their family’s successful thirty year organic farm and market business.  In 2000, Gail focused on her art career and has been painting full time since.

Considered a leader in her field, Gail pushes the limits of contemporary landscape with her powerful and compelling pieces. Confident stroke and bold, color saturated palette often define her acrylics and oils on stretched canvases.  Sensitively rendered life drawings as well as smaller landscapes are rendered in her watercolour and pastel works.

Gail paints intuitively, referencing familiar imagery often inspired by:  her years of organic farming, Vancouver Island’s coastline, wildflower filled Canadian Rocky Mountain vistas, international travels, meandering road trips, and imaginative still life subjects.

Gail painting on floor at Whistler AIR_e

Artist Portfolio

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 Artist Statement 

“I feel privileged to have so much to paint – such beauty and rich, grounded experiences to draw from. I follow my brush…and taste the color.”