About Scott Johnson

Scott C. Johnson –
About the Artist

Although Scott C. Johnson’s landscape studies are rooted in plein air painting early on he began to add the little touches that rouse the imagination — the faint treetops to indicate a valley beyond the hill, or the tiny glint of water that tantalizes over a grassy dune. These glimpses of the barely distinguishable landscape beyond the one we see were an introduction to his dream world.

He developed the soft washes of the Japanese tradition as well as the refined linework of the Persian miniature. As he grew more confident with the brush he also became more involved in meditational techniques and the painting became more concerned with recording a process, a trance state, the finding of a happy accident with less regard for a specific reality.

He is a developed sensual being with an appreciation for music, dance and garden design. His love of nature refreshed by frequent trips and hikes is evident in his work yet its mood often portrayed by impending weather dominates the subjects in the landscape. There are subtle references to change in the clouds and stronger references to death and loneliness in the leafless trees of his latest work but the mood is never hopeless and lets us know the next season will bring tiny leaves of spring which is just beyond and approaching.

Selected Solo and Two-person Exhibitions

White Bird Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR. 2006
Waterstone Gallery, Portland, OR. 2006
White Bird Gallery, 2005
Waterstone Gallery, 2005
Sitka Center Invitational, Portland, OR. 2004
Beppu Gallery, Pacific City, OR. 2004
Waterstone Gallery, 2004
White Bird Gallery, 2003
Waterstone Gallery, 2003
White Bird Gallery, 2002
Beppu Gallery, two person show, 2002
Waterstone Gallery, Winter 2002
Waterstone Gallery, Spring 2002
Waterstone Gallery, 2001
Beppu Gallery, two person show, 2001
Waterstone Gallery, 2000
Waterstone Gallery, 2001
Waterstone Gallery, 1999
Graystone Gallery, Portland, OR. 1990
Summit Springs Art Slate, ’89 Invitational, 1989, Best of Category
Justice Center Gallery, Portland, OR. 1988
Blackfish Gallery, A Midsummer Night’s Dream Invitational, Portland, OR. 1988
Graystone Gallery, 1987
Oregon Art Annual, Invitational, Salem, OR. 1986, Best of Category

Selected Collections

Represented in private collections throughout the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan.