LYDIA JOHNSTON FINE ART

"Immerse yourself and be transported"

“I just wanted to tell you that my favorite thing about your paintings is your use of deep, vibrant color. As I sit here in my living room looking at "Reflected Light", I have the same reaction I had when I first saw it in North Adams: deep, visceral joy."
Susan P.


Lydia Johnston

I am an artist living and working in Taos County, New Mexico. My oil paintings are full of rich, vibrant colors. When you look at one of my paintings, I want you to sink into it and be transported. It's the perfect art for your home or office.

My paintings are becoming more abstract. I create a sense of place without providing all the details, drawing you back continually to find something new. I want my paintings to have mystery, to allude to the familiar while remaining ambiguous. By hinting at things, I hope to trigger your imagination, allowing you to connect in a profound way.

In my studio, I start by laying on color, yellows, oranges, purples, blues. I want lots of layers, they add translucence and luminosity, depth and a richness. In addition to brushes, I work with wide color shapers, silicone tools similar to palette knives, that give my work its distinctive look, the angled and carved markings that add vitality and complexity.

I have been working with color and design since 1985. I started in fabric, creating my own designs for art quilts, and painting and dying my materials. Color has always been my passion.

In 2003, I switched to oil paints from a desire to have more control of my colors. The serendipity of the fabric dying process was exhilarating, but unpredictable. Painting with oils gives me the control over color I was searching for.

For thirty years I worked in southwestern Vermont. In 2015 I moved to Taos County in northern New Mexico where I am delighting in the big, open skies and incredible light. My work has been exhibited throughout the country and hangs in many private collections.


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"Immerse yourself and be transported"