"I love your work. I have purchased two paintings from you. ... I received a few days of wonderful assistance from you a couple of years ago in a workshop. You absolutely transformed my view of landscapes from giant vistas to detailed places of peace and wonder. I believe those few days with you and your guidance has propelled me into more plein air than I had ever thought possible. Thank you for your genius and patience."
Michael Chesley Johnson is a professional artist working in the American Southwest, coastal Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. He has participated as an Invited Artist in many national plein air painting festivals including Grand Canyon National Park's "Celebration of Art," Zion National Park's "In the Footsteps of Thomas Moran," and, for many years, the Sedona Plein Air Festival. In 2012, he was an Invited Artist for Plein Air Magazine's First Annual Plein Air Expo & Convention. Designated a Master Pastellist by Pastel Artists Canada, he is also a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and a juried member of Oil Painters of America and the American Impressionist Society. Additionally, he is a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine and a frequent contributor to Pastel Journal. He also specializes in teaching small-size plein air painting workshops for all levels of painter and has many books and instructional videos available. He is the author of Backpacker Painting: Outdoors with Oil & Pastel. For more on Michael, click here.
What Collectors Say About Michael's Work
"Your artwork adds life to my bedroom where your paintings are on display.
"Michael's talent makes the world a nicer place."
"A real jewel from a very talented guy."
"Beautiful painting, a very talented artist."
"A really gifted artist."
"Such a beautiful little piece - very delicate. What talent!"
"I'm so lucky to be able to acquire your stunning artwork."