Cheryl Johnson

Cheryl Johnson is an American abstract painter living in Charlotte, NC with studios in NC, the Northwest and Hawaii. Cheryl has spent fifty years honing a distinctive method of blending rich colors and form into complex landscape paintings that resonate with a deep sense of place and time.

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Best known for her expressive large abstract paintings composed of vivid colors, she forms her compositions through heavy, impasto marks and the use of thick paints creating textured surfaces.

Profoundly affected by the Northwest and Canadian Rocky Mountains where she grew up, Cheryl Johnson paints abstract landscapes in colorful combinations of paint that are by turns harmonious and dissonant.

Often described as ‘someone you should know,’ Cheryl Johnson’s compelling and beautiful paintings embrace you. With her own unique artistic language, her paintings are combination of scintillating and pulsating detail, fields of colour emerge as marks and line draw you in.


I have moments where I am drawn to faces and figurative studies and am enamored by the beauty and intrigue of the face.


Cheryl Johnson

United States


Size: 18 H x 24 W x 0.1 in

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Mon Amie (My Friend) Painting by Cheryl Johnson

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Mon Amie (My Friend)

Cheryl Johnson

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While colors, light, weather and atmosphere act as the impetus in my work, the painting themselves evolve in recalling the memory of a place and continual moments of discovery. Early influences in painting were Monet and JMW Turner.

Experiments in impressionistic landscape painting eventually led to a language of abstraction related more to the female abstract expressionists, Joan Mitchell, Helen Frankenthaler. My goal is to keep the elements universal and invite the viewer to experience it on an emotional levels as well as visually. I am honored that my work is collected by private individuals and is found in public collections worldwide.

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Secret Forests

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24" x 30" x 1.5 "

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"Changing the world one great idea at a time."

"I am an artist painting in the language of abstraction. I see the opportunity to make something amazing. My work continually evolves and changes as I explore emotion and the idea of place. The verdant forests of North Carolina, the translucent skies of Hawaii, the sea surrounding the island of Kauai, the warmth of Fall in the Northwest, the power of Glacier National Park are all subjects explored in my work.

Series continues to examine secret forests as I am inspired by the beauty of nature: landscape, changing seasons, and the passing of time.

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"I find real beauty in the passing of time. All things change and color with each season.

For me this is a constant source of fascination."

The voice that Cheryl Johnson seeks to capture and expresses in her images is the voice of nature that slowly but surely imposes change on all matter.

The broad, gestural marks and tactile surface of Cheryl Johnson's oil paintings are as bold as her gregarious color palette.

Hues blend and are subtle, suggesting her confident use of paint. Works are impactful exposing densely saturated color. Her oil paintings are worked with many layers and hues of paint, each adding and at times glazes appear barely distinguishable from the other, yet contributing to an overall depth and complexity.

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Cheryl Johnsons's paintings are built up in many layers which are enhanced or scraped off as they are being applied. Lines, shapes, colors and marks evolve as the painting develops to multiple layers. The final outcome is similar to how we experience life itself. Unfolding. Developing. Evolving.


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