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Charlie J. Johnston ― Artist Bio
Following My Passions
In retirement, I’ve come to the home of my heart in Utah’s High Desert and Helper. Here I combine my passions for art and the West. Throughout the year I roam the landscapes of the Southwest, West, and Alaska seeking to share what catches my eye with those who know these lands well and others who may never see such a play of light and color on intriguing subjects.
I was honored to be selected as Artist in Residence for the Grand Canyon National Park – North Rim in 2007. I’ve also had solo shows in Moab and Salt Lake City and been exhibited in the Springville Museum of Art, galleries in Oregon and Minnesota, and Art for Alaska Parks.
I paint using acrylics, pastels, oils, and watercolors. I sketch in pen and ink, pencil, and charcoal. I also sculpt and carve. My training in art started at age seven from a sign painter in the shop downstairs. He let me watch him and gave me paper and pencils to practice. I earned my degree in Fine Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.
I made my art an integral part of my life and my careers: curator of exhibits at the Science Museum of Minnesota; interpretive specialist on the National Planning Team - U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and nature center artist-naturalist.
Charlie J. Johnston
Helper, UT 84526