Aaron Cordell johnson
Plein Air Gouache
I grew up in a small southern Idaho town and am the son of a High School art teacher. Art and the outdoors have always been a part of my life. I grew up visiting many museums and national parks.
I lived for two years in France and was able to experience the museums of that beautiful country. Upon returning I married and moved to Portland to attend Pacific Northwest College of Art. In 2005 I received my BFA in painting and printmaking. After a three-year break and some time spent working in Montana I moved to Moscow, Idaho. I attended the University of Idaho and received my MFA in 2011.
I actively participate in regional and national plein-air events and exhibitions including a recent exhibition called “Landscape Today” at the Harrison Center in Indianapolis featuring 100 paintings by 50 contemporary landscape painters, an exhibit at the Grand Central Atelier in New York, and a Plein-air exhibit at the Sugarlift gallery in New York.
I teach at the University of Idaho as the assistant professor of painting and drawing. We love the Palouse and Moscow where my wife and four children live and work.
I am searching for the sensation of the subject. I am interested in finding an authentic experience through the act of creation. My work involves physical interaction and passion for the subject. The paintings I create are the result of time, searching for just the right cloud formations, watching the colors, and experiencing what it means to be in an environment. Through these experiences I use color, brushstrokes, drawing and texture to express the lay of the land and its effect on me.
As an avid outdoorsman and passionate painter I hope to use my work to heighten our awareness of the significance of our surroundings, such as the way a cloud floats across the sky, how a dead tree's branches pierce the sky, or the brilliant complementary colors of fall. Each painting is the culmination of absorbing, listening, feeling and observing my surroundings.