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Artwork by Russell Johnson

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About Russell Johnson

Russell Johnson Russell Johnson is an American artist who fell in love with the magnificent part of France surrounding Cordes-Sur-Ciel in the Tarn region. The style that he paints in is generally impressionist, ranging from a pointillist approach to realistic, depending on the subject. He lets the texture of brushstrokes remain, as was done by the artists of French Impressionism. The paint is finest quality Sennelier acrylic, which lends itself to the methods of impressionism. The canvases are Belgium linen, of the highest quality, that will last for centuries.

Before the beginning of photography, and the digital age, painting was normally about blending colors with oils to produce a level of realism. The Impressionist captured the essence of an image without the laborious process of blending paints down to a level of realism. Until the Impressionist era, painters were mostly supported by patrons who told the artist what to paint. The impressionists were freed by the technique of being able to paint more quickly with dabs, swipes, and dots. They were able to paint the world as they enjoyed it, as expressed in their art.

As an artist who has studied the impressionists in detail, Russell found that same enjoyment in art of painting. His work is about capturing the light and the essence of the natural world. His work is a meditation and a suspension of time, being in the moment. His paintings are not based on contrived cleverness, as so much art is today. They are superbly crafted in the classic impressionist style.

The work of Russell Johnson follows the classic vein of impressionism but explores our current world. And for those who love the beauty of this region of France, it captures that beauty in a way that photography cannot. Yet, photography is a part of his process. He takes thousands of photographs and selects a few of the best images to work from. The original impressionists had to paint outdoors in the sun, wind, and rain to capture their images. Photography allows new opportunities and richness by painting in the studio.