Joel R. 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.

Joel grew up in Sinclair, Wyoming and began drawing at an early age. He took art classes in junior high school and high school in Rawlins and continued his artistic pursuits in college.

The artist has an M.F.A. degree in painting from Utah State University and a B.A. degree in studio art from Westminster College. There he studied with Don C. Doxey and also with Harrison Groutage, both of whom worked in a representation style of painting. These painters influenced his approach to painting in his chosen medium of watercolor for over thirty years. He has exhibited nationally in the American Watercolor Society, Watercolor USA, Watercolor West, Taos National Exhibition of American Watercolors, and the Hudson Valley Exhibition in New York. He is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, the Transparent Watercolor Society of America, and the Florida Watercolor Society. His painting “Into the Shadows just received the John Singer Sargent Special Merit award in the 2014 Transparent Watercolor Society  National exhibition. His paintings have won numerous awards both nationally and regionally and have been exhibited in various galleries including  Joe Wade Fine Art,  Sante Fe, the Wildhorse Gallery, Colorado. He has conducted painting workshops in many states including Washington State, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, New Mexico, Idaho, Florida, and Lucca, Italy. 


The artist just concluded an exhibition of his work in a one man show at the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper, Wyoming . Approximately thirty works were  featured including new paintings along with privately collected works.

His work has been included in the prestigious Prix de West show at the Cowboy Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City for the last three years.