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.
Johnson has a master’s degree in painting from Utah State University and a bachelor’s degree in studio art from Westminster College. There he studied with Don C. Doxey and Harrison Groutage, both of whom influenced his approach to painting in his chosen medium of watercolor. He is a signature member of the National Watercolor Society, the Transparent Society of America, and the Florida Watercolor Society. He has also exhibited nationally in the American Watercolor Society, won the John Singer Sargent Memorial Award in the Transparent Watercolor Society Show 2014, Watercolor USA, Watercolor West, Taos National Exhibition of American Watercolors, and the Hudson Valley Exhibition in New York. His paintings have won numerous awards both nationally and regionally and have been exhibited in various galleries including Joe Wade Fine Art, the Wildhorse Gallery, and currently Laura M Gallery Wyoming. He has conducted painting workshops in many states including Washington, Montana, New Mexico, and Florida, and also in Lucca, Italy.
In 2015, his one-man exhibition Town and Country at the Nicolaysen Art Museum in Casper, Wyoming, included 30 paintings of architectural and landscape themes of his native Wyoming.