Aaron Cordell johnson

Plein Air Gouache

Bio

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.

Artist Statement

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.