Technically accomplished and conceptually clear Cheryl Johnson's work pushes compositional boundaries as she uses common materials in uncommon ways. Johnson builds up cumulative layers of nonrepresentational line and color in her works. The paintings evolve in stages, based on the mood the environment and the inspiration. She simply responds to the picture's progress and allows incidental details and patterns to emerge. Throughout her process, she uses techniques of glazing, shadowing, blurring and scraping to obscure and expose prior layers.
Johnson's abstract work is unique for the illusion of space that develops. Often an accumulation of spontaneous, reactive gestures of adding paint and color and then moving, and subtracting paint creates an area that evolves.
Johnson's abstract paintings often seem like windows or portals through which we see the azure foaming sea, lush landscape or changing skylight found in Kauai. Johnson exalts spontaneous, intuitive mark-making and color building to a level where each area and space is beautiful and meaningful in its own right.
"Of all the arts, abstract painting is the most difficult. It demands that you know how to draw well, that you have a heightened sensitivity for composition and for colours, and that you be a true poet. This last is essential." -- Wassily Kandinsky.
"Why do you try to understand art? Do you try to understand the song of a bird?" Pablo Picasso