“My work is driven by an inward passion. I simply have to create. The core of my art practice is to let out the emotions that keep tumbling thru me. I have so much joy, pain or angst in my life I have to let it out.”
"My intention is to convey the intimacy of our human experience into a painted surface; recording emotion and decision."
"What makes good art is when you see a piece from across the room, you immediately have to look at it closer or study it. You fall in love with it without knowing anything about it and are in love with it forever. It is original. It has gravitas and is a feast for the senses. “I think that great art either causes a viewer to think or to feel. I think great art touches the mind, heart or soul of the viewer."
I like materials and texture either implied or in reality. I love line and shape and transparency. I use industrial materials—fiberglass, polymer, steel, and plaster—in unique and creative ways. Entering my studio you will see cans of paint, tubes of paint, lids stuck and some very pristine. Not many, but there are times when I want order. You may be struck by the floor, covered in drips and pools of white.
I also love oil paint and the way you can create transparency. You can do this with oil and sometimes with watercolor and almost never with latex or acrylic. Acrylic can be thinned but that takes a special slow layering. I work quickly and slow is something I do when I sit back on my bed or couch or chair and look at the painting. The painting below was painted for a dear friend, Sarah Sue. It pleases me when I walk in her home and see it in her bedroom up against the pale green wall.
More Joy Everyday canvas print by Cheryl Lynn Johnson. Bring your artwork to life with the texture and depth of a stretched canvas print. Your image gets printed onto one of our premium canvases and then stretched on a wooden frame of 1.5" x 1.5" stretcher bars (gallery wrap) or 5/8" x 5/8" stretcher bars (museum wrap). Your canvas print will be delivered to you "ready to hang" with pre-attached hanging wire, mounting hooks, and nails.
It used to be simple: wet paint on a flat surface. No more. Today painting can include photography, digital prints, sculpture, and a host of other materials—but not necessarily just paint. I love painting because at that moment I can create my own kind of space.
My art has turned out to be "mixed-media assemblages." I love the process. I do not hesitate I simply select the color or medium that is within my reach. Acrylics, Oil, Oil Crayon, Latex, Ink. Stain. I gravitate towards building areas of color and layering. I am wanting to include more space and a place to breathe. That is hard as for some reason everything becomes sacrosanct.
Every time, I enter my studio I can not resist touching the paint. For me it is a deliberate consequence of a calculated system of brushing, touching, dripping, and splattering paint. As much as I can allow I some days seem to be working by trial and error, testing different ideas, often I actually had an idea in mind from the beginning about what I wanted to achieve and somewhere along the way it changed and took on a new look and feel and so I just let it grow and develop.