Artist Anne Johnson
A native of North Carolina, Anne grew up in Louisburg where her love of nature was inspired by her nurseryman father. Her father's garden was an intriguing place year round with the varied wildlife that was attracted year round by its abundance of blooms, berries, and protective foliage. Some of her earliest memories include admiring the creatures that her father found as he was working in his garden. Around the age of 6, she discovered the magic of tadpoles along the banks of the family pond and the beauty of the Red Winged Blackbirds that frequented the surrounding woods.
She has studied botanical watercolors with Luna Lee Ray; fur, fins, and feathers with Emma Skurnick; "creative realism" in watercolor with Judi Betts; color theory with Patricia Savage; Chinese brush painting with Jinxiu Zhao; colored pencils with Linda Koffenberger; and acrylic "Skies & Water" with Ken Muenzenmayer. She continues to study watercolor and mixed media in Emma Skurnick's studio sessions in Bynum.
Anne has exhibited her work at many locations in North Carolina, including the Chapel Hill Museum (Chapel Hill, NC), Pittsboro Memorial Library (Pittsboro, NC), Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library--solo exhibit (Clayton, NC), For Garden's Sake Nursery (Durham, NC), Keller Williams Realty (Chapel Hill), and the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences (Raleigh, NC). She participates in the annual Art from the Heart charity benefiting the Chapel Hill Museum and Kidzu. In 2009, she joined a team of fellow volunteer artists to create a wildlife mural in the lobby of the Piedmont Wildlife Center rehabilitation hospital (Durham, NC). She has donated her artwork to other charities such as Carolina Tiger Rescue