Q+A: Joanna Marie Johnson

Joanna Marie Johnson’s striking fantasy portraits of are full of bright colors, furry creatures, and intricate patterns.

How would you describe your style?

Colorful portraits in realistic and impressionistic styles.

What subjects do you enjoy working on?

Mostly faces, especially of women, big cats and horses. I have done other animals and portraits of men, but I always seem to gravitate back to those three favorites.

What medium(s) do you work in?

Most often acrylic paint and colored pencil. Whenever the inspiration strikes, I’ll work in oils, watercolor, pastel, digitally, and pen and ink as well. I don’t like to tie myself down too strictly, and enjoy trying new things and exploring different styles.

How has your process evolved?

I started out working mostly in pencil, then got into acrylic paint and have worked in a lot of other mediums since then. When I was younger, I was more interested in creating scenes, mostly fantasy themed, but as my skills developed, I now create close-cropped portraits, rather than full-body characters.

What got you started creating art?

It might sound kinda silly, but when I was about three years old, a cousin just a couple years older drew a picture that I thought was just incredible. I had a thought, ‘What if I became an artist? What if I started to draw?’ And I’ve been drawing ever since!

What artists influence your work?

Glenn Arthur Art & Loish. I love both of their very different portrait styles, and have pulled inspiration from both into my own style. Hannah Alexander, Jessica Madorran, and Meredith Dillman have all influenced and inspired me with their full body character work. Though I still mostly do “just faces,” I do hope to eventually get back to full body characters.

"I don't like to tie myself down too strictly, and enjoy trying new things and exploring different styles."

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