The Artist

Although Christina Lynn Johnson has drawn since she could hold a crayon, she never took art seriously until she was laid off from an accounting firm in the late ‘90’s.  What a happy misfortune that turned out to be.  Free to ask the question – what do I want to do with the rest of my life?  - something creative was the answer.  She tried painting furniture and some tromp l’oiel classes, before finding her true love -  watercolors.  The creativity bug bit hard.  Next, a class in glass fusing, and 9 months later – the birth of a glass studio in the garage.  (She also started up her own part-time accounting business)

Christina is a native Californian, who revels in the wonders of Mother Nature.  Textures and the play of light and shadow are a favorite subject.  The soft patina of ancient stone buildings, the marbled colors of rock aged by water and weather, these are the scenes she loves to share in her paintings. “I hope to evoke in the viewer the same sense of tranquility, wonder and mystery that I feel upon discovering a scene.  Painting is like a meditation to me.”

Although her fused glass pieces are definitely influenced by her painting background, they are full of energy and color. Abstract shapes come alive through the use of strong design elements that artfully take advantage of the unique properties of glass.  “I love the contrast of my glass pieces to my watercolor paintings.  With glass I feel free to experiment and play with the vibrant opalescent and transparent colors. I think the pieces reflect the strength I’ve come to feel as an artist and evoke the playfulness and joy I feel in life.”  Christina has studied with such notable glass artists as Roger Thomas, Catherine Newell, Michael Dupille, and Robert Leatherbarrow.

Galleries

Brea Gallery Gift Shop
Valley Institute of Visual Art

Juried Shows and Awards

2012 CFAC "California Spirit" exhibit - First Place  (Solstice Stream)
2011 CFAC "Structures" exhibit, First Place (Casa Colores)
2011 Westlake Village Art Guild Member Show, First Place - Glass
2011 Associated Clay and Glass Artists National Juried Show
2010  Westlake Village Art Guild Members Show, First Place - Glass (Desert Bloom II)
2009  Thousand Oaks Art Walk, 2nd place - glass
Aug. 2007  Emerging Artist Solo Show, Idyllwild Gallery of Fine Art
2007  Art by the Lake, Big Bear
2006-2008  Thousand Oaks Art Walk, Third Place - glass
2006  California Art Club, "Floating Waters and Coastal Vistas", Jurors Choice Award  (Solstice Stream)
2004 - 2006  Long Beach Museum of Art, juried Artisan Market
2004 - 2006  Valley Artists Studio Tour
2004 - 2008  Malibu Fine Arts Festival
2005 - 2007  Calabasas Fine Arts Festival
2003  Westlake Village Art Guild Juried Show, First Place - pastel, pencil category  (Birds at the Window)

Publications

March 2010  Southern California Spaces magazine
Aug. 2007  The Desert Entertainer
Sept. 2005  Gallery Guide
Jan. 2000  North Light Book Club Magazine

Club Affiliations

California Art Club
Chatsworth Fine Arts Council
Glass Art Society
National Watercolor Society
Valley Watercolor Society
Watercolor West
Westlake Village Art Guild


Christina Lynn Johnson - paintings - fused glass
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