Russell Johnson – Expressive Landscapes in Oils

Prescott Landscape Artist Russell Johnson is an Arizona native landscape painter. Through his artwork, he finds outlets to release expressions of a mysterious landscape.

Russell exhibits his work at The Frame & I Gallery in Prescott, AZ where he actively participates in shows. Russell has acquired his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the University of Arizona in May of 2003. Also, he completed a Master of Arts (Visual Arts) degree at Prescott College in 2011.

Russell grew up in Prescott, AZ and enjoyed the closeness of the outdoors. Today, he is an avid hiker, seeking out trails to explore. On these explorations, Russell photographs, sketches, and paints plein air subjects for future studio paintings.

Explore the Portfolio page to view numerous galleries of landscape paintings by Russell Johnson.

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Upcoming Art Shows

October 5-7, 2018 – Prescott Area Artists Studio Tour, Prescott, AZ, Studio #33

Russell Johnson landscape artist

Prescott Area Artist Studio Tour

Palette Knife Workshop

Painting Expressively with Color
A Workshop with Russell Johnson
March 18 & 19, 2019 | 9 AM – 4 PM
Mountain Artists Guild, 228 N Alarcon St., Prescott, AZ 86301

Learn impressionistic oil painting techniques with accomplished Arizona landscape artist Russell Johnson during a two-day workshop. The goal of this workshop is to portray a visual experience of nature focusing on how it felt to witness nature’s splendor. This will be done through simplification of a composition, seeing value of colors appropriately, using color expressively, and applying paint texturally. Russell paints almost primarily with a palette knife, enjoying the sculptural qualities it produces. The student is welcome to learn palette knife painting or use a large brush to energetically represent the natural landscape. The two day workshop will consist of sketching from photographs, color mixing, setting up the painting, and finally, completing the painting. Live demonstrations by Russell throughout the workshop! Sign up through Mountain Artist Guild www.mountainartistguild.org or 928-776-4009

Russell Johnson Prescott oil painter

Chasing the Sublime article

Russell Johnson is published in the 5enses magazine!

This is a great read! Russell was interviewed for this article on his approach to making art.

James Dungeon writes at the start of the article:

“Johnson’s paintings are a dynamic, refreshing beacon in an otherwise crowded field of Western landscapes. Refining that style, however, has a been a journey that’s been neither singular nor entirely linear.

“For a long time, I wasn’t sure what I was trying to articulate with my artwork,” Johnson said. “I needed some purpose and contextual background for what I was doing. … I needed some help.””

Click here for the complete article.