Sharon Kathleen Johnson


 

“After the Storm” oil on canvas by Susan Romersa

 

“Ship in the Mist” oil on canvas by Susan Romersa

For OUTSIDE INTERESTS, Fairweather’s August exhibition, Susan Romersa wrote that she painted landscapes in the style of J.M.W. Turner.

 

Q:  What is the painting style of J.M.W. Turner, you ask?

A: J.M.W. Turner, the English 19th-century painter is known for his interest in sublime landscapes. He is seen as a pioneer of Romanticism.  Turner received his formal studies at the Louvre and found inspiration in landscape painting. He began sketching in oils while outdoors—a new technique that would eventually be adopted by the Impressionists. This shift in focus culminated in compositions that blended sublime views of nature and championed Romanticism, a movement that rejected traditional perspectives on painting.

“The Blue Rigi, Sunrise” by J.M.W. Turner

“A master in landscape and marine painting, J.M.W. Turner challenged the style of the old masters, trailblazing in technique and subject matter, Turner often shocked his contemporaries with his loose brushwork and soft color palette while portraying the development of the modern world unlike any other artist at the time.”

 

 

Susan Romersa, after a long history in Las Vegas Advertising and Public Relations, moved to the Oregon coast to be closer to family. She enjoys photography, writing, and painting. Oregon is an amazing place for photography and Susan is planning to get out in nature and expand her work, and to continue her oil painting. In addition, after many years of study, Susan became ordained as a Minister of Religious Science in 2005. Susan has continued her work in publicity here in the Seaside area.

 

 

 

Artist Susan Romersa lectured at the opening reception of OUTSIDE INTERESTS at Fairweather House and Gallery.

“Landscape I” oil on canvas by  Sharon Kathleen Johnson

“Landscape II” oil on canvas by Sharon Kathleen Johnson

 

“Pink Clouds” oil on canvas by Sharon Kathleen Johnson

 

Sharon Kathleen Johnson.

About the artist:

After a long hiatus to raise a family and having a career, Sharon Kathleen Johnson has returned to her first love, oil painting.  She studied Languages, Art, and Music at Reed College, Portland, OR and Portland State University, Portland, OR.  Sharon went Seaside High School and lives in Seaside, Oregon. Sharon plays the violin and the piano. Favorite quote:

 

“Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but only that which confers grace.”

 

 

For OUTSIDE INTERESTS, Seaside artist Sharon Kathleen Johnson has painted landscapes in the Impressionist style.

 

Q: What is the Impressionist style of painting, you ask?

A: Impressionism is a 19th-century art movement characterized by relatively small, thin, yet visible brush strokes, open composition, emphasis on accurate depiction of light in its changing qualities (often accentuating the effects of the passage of time), and ordinary subject matter, inclusion of movement as a crucial element of human perception and experience, and unusual visual angles. Impressionism originated with a group of Paris-based artists whose exhibitions brought them to prominence during the 1870s.

Cypresses by Vincent van Gogh/1877

 

 

 

Fairweather House and Gallery

612 Broadway St.

located in the Historic Gilbert Block Building

August 3-25 Exhibition

OUTSIDE INTERESTS featuring local painters and artisans hugely impressed with the wide-open, majestic vistas of the Pacific Northwest. Selected art, new original work, conveys nature’s shifting moods, with no human presence visible. Artists include Paul Brent, Melissa Jander, Sharon Kathleen Johnson, Bev Drew Kindley, Martha Lee, Gretha Lindwood, Ron Nicolaides, Susan Romersa and Dale J. Veith.

Painting in the style of an Impressionist, the artist Sharon Kathleen Johnson captures the momentary and transient effects of sunlight. She portrays overall visual effects instead of details, and uses short  brush strokes of mixed and pure unmixed color—not blended smoothly or shaded,—to achieve an effect of intense color vibration.

Welcoming new artists:  oil painter Vicky Combs-Snider, glass artist Christine Downs and encaustic artist Elina Zebergs to the gallery.

http://www.fariweatherhouseandgallery.com

 

 


 Abstract watercolors by Donna Sanson, Oregon  myrtlewood cribbage board, segmented vase and nautilus sculptures by Mike Brown.

Crafted by NW hands.

Folded book art by Mary Boitta, en caustic art (aptly titled “Remembering Autumn”) by Peg Wells, origami by Peggy Evans, leather work by Luans Leathers, en caustic crows by Kathryn Delany and hand painted tiles by Sandy Applegate.

Abstracts by Diane Copenhaver and glass art by Bob Heath.

 


Handmade curly willow, mouth blown glass,  hand-made book and box by Christine Trexel.

Coral glass by Rinee Merritt, glass platters by Sandy and Bob Lecari and plein air oil by Lisa Wiser.

 

En caustic  art, ocean debris baskets, sea urchin bowls, moon platter by Emily Miller, mixed media stone art by Peggy Stein, abstract drip by Kimberly Reed and oil paintings by Sharon Kathleen Johnson.

 


Abstract miniatures by Tanya Gardner.

 

Calligraphy by Penelope Culbertson, watercolor by Bill Baily and pottery by Suzy Holland.

 

Abstract oil by Carmela Newstead.

 

 

Abstracts by Zifen Qian, maple bowls by Daniel Harris, watercolor by Paul Brent, landscape by Bill Baily and seascape  by Victoria Brooks.

 

 

For Shape and Color.

Art masks by Jorjett Strumme.

Paintings with pressed flowers on metal by Mike Mason. Anny Sears, model, with pressed foliages by Mike Mason.

 

 

Pastel landscape by Carmela Newstead, vintage jewelry necklace by Reneé Hafeman and en caustic blue abstract by Kimberly Kent.

Sunset oil paintings  by Nicholas Oberling, photograph by Neal Maine, pastels by Lynda Campbell and seascapes by Ron Nicolaides.

 

Mixed media diptych by Gary Pearlman, raw edged walnut bowl by Mike Brown and paper box sculpture by Christine Trexel.

Miniature oils by Barbara Rosbe Felisky.

 

Photos by Linda Fenton-Mendenhall.

“Color and Shape” exhibition through September 30th.

The show covers every aspect of art, textures, materials and finishes, highlighting the quintessentially colorful fall season.

Grace note to the artists…

 

“Shape and Color, Fairweather’s September exhibition, would not be such a success without the beautiful work created by NW hands.  The selected artists provided new work to highlight the annual fall show.  We thank them all for the extraordinary opportunity to tell a seasonal story with their art.  Truly, the artists offered new exceptional work, and by doing so, they encourage those of us in the arts, to do more.”  Fairweather Gallery

Abstract series of three by Jan Rimmerman, seascape oil by Karen E. Lewis and pottery by Suzy Holland.  Shape and Color gallery hostesses Katie, Kemy Kay, Joan, Bonnie and Denise.

 

And, too, a grace note received from a gallery hostess to share.

“Thank you for the beautiful crystal I picked out for a gift.  Most, of all, thanks for bringing the utmost beauty to many, many people.  Most of all, thanks for inviting me to work in your stunning establishment.  It delights my eyes every time I come in.  Your artists are beyond comparison.” Kemy Kay

A grace note received from an artist.

 

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs.  Ask yourself  what makes you come alive and then do that.  Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” –Howard Thurman, educator and theologian.
“Thank you for your encouragement and support in showing and growing my art.  You have created such a wonderful group of artists, and display our work in beautiful ways.  I am extremely grateful for your friendship and aliveness in out shared vision.”  Gayle H. Seely

For more about the gallery, please go to http://www.fairweatherhouseandgallery.com.

“Seaside Clam diggers”  by Sharon Johnson. Original oil on linen.

 

Sharon Johnson graduated with a BA in English Literature but art was a strong second major for her. She received numerous awards and a PEO scholarship for her representational drawing, painting, and calligraphy.

 

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Art history also holds a strong fascination for Sharon Johnson, particularly purveyors of magical realism like Rosseau, Magritte, Grant Wood, Edward Hopper, and Georgia O’Keefe. Sharon’s intention is to create a happier and more colorful child-like universe.

More about Sharon Johnson, artist:

After a long hiatus to have raise a family and have a career, Sharon returned to her first love, oil painting, and began showing in bookstores, galleries, and libraries.

She has shown at Shearwater Gallery, Beach Books Bookstore, and Seaside Public Library, all in Seaside, Oregon.

EDUCATION
Seaside High School, Seaside OR 1972
Clatsop Community College, Astoria OR 1974
Reed College, Portland OR 1978
Portland State University, Portland OR 1978