Florals by Dean Johnson in Winston-Salem
Dean spent his early years in the Midwest where he graduated from Cornell College, IA. After receiving an MFA from Pratt Institute, NYC, he taught painting, drawing, design and art appreciation for several years in college. During that period he exhibited his work and received several museum purchase awards in regional and national competitions. After teaching, Dean went on to forecast color and design trends, develop and market textiles and restore several historic properties, most recently an 1882 Diamond Collection Victorian inn in Norfolk, CT.
Having recently moved to Winston-Salem with his wife, Jean Marie, Dean now commits his undivided attention to painting and teaching. This month Dean's paintings are featured in a show entitled “Floral Inspirations” at Artworks Gallery in Winston-Salem.
I've been painting with passion since childhood. While my professional journey has taken many different paths, the common thread has been all things Visual. At this stage in my life I am fully committed to Art—whether creating it or sharing my Passion for it with others.
I am particularly fascinated by flowers. They come in innumerable shapes, sizes and colors and present themselves as beautiful opportunities for visual expression. I treat each flower individually to capture its unique characteristics. Monet hassaid: “I must have flowers, always and always.” His words echo in my soul, as my brush comes back to flowers—to their innate and immortal beauty, and their ability to imbue the ordinary with mystery and passion.
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