ABOUT JOEL JOHNSON Joel R. Johnson's paintings reveal his concern for the effects of light on form in terms of color, value, and the subtleties of texture and weight. Through the various layers of transparent pigment a sense of luminosity and depth is achieved. The design of space/shape relationships create a personal viewpoint that transports the viewer into the mind's eye of the artist and hopefully allows the painting to speak and be felt. The works of Edward Hopper, Andrew Wyeth, Anders Zorn, Winslow Homer and John Singer Sargent have contributed to his development as an artist. Johnson has an M.F.A. degree in painting from Utah State University and a B.A. in studio art from Westminster College. He studied with Don C. Doxey and also with Harrison Groutage, both of whom worked in a representation style of painting. They influenced his approach to painting in his chosen medium of watercolor for over thirty years. He is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, the Transparent Society of America, and the Florida Watercolor Society. He has exhibited nationally in the American Watercolor Society, won the John Singer Sargent Memorial award in the Transparent Watercolor Society Show 2014, Watercolor USA, Watercolor West, Taos National Exhibition of American Watercolors, and the Hudson Valley Exhibition in New York. Johnson's paintings won numerous awards both nationally and regionally and have been exhibited in galleries including Joe Wade Fine Art in Santa Fe, the Wildhorse Gallery, CO; Gallery East Colorade and currently in the Laura M Gallery in Wyoming. He has conducted painting workshops in many states including Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Idaho, Florida, North Carolina, and in Lucca, Italy. His one man exhibition entitled "Town and Country" at the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper, Wyoming included thirty paintings of architectural and landscape themes of his native Wyoming.