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Cindy Johnston

Cindy Johnston

Maple Ridge, BC

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My earliest childhood recollection of fine art was made after viewing an oil painting called "Rainy City"; I was amazed that you could actually feel the cold gloom of the night rain and the excitement of the city lights at the same time. It left a lasting impression on me. I spent my school and university years studying science and literature in a small community in Northern Alberta, so art was never in my scope of possibilities for a career. My mom, a gifted artist herself, bought me a watercolour course and supplies in 1998 as a way to “escape” the routine of being a new mother. It was the best gift I ever got, and it served to change my life. Over the next 10 years, I moved from soft watercolors to bold acrylics and mixed media, and my love of creating art grows daily.

My goal is to create art that makes you think about it long after you have viewed it; to make you feel something significant and to have it physically affect you. I enjoy structured compositions, an Old Master’s rich color palate, an emphasis on texture, and I like to blend realism with a slightly abstract point of view. I love to use mixed media, working layers of paint, ink, pastel, and exotic or antique papers into my experimental work. I believe that the title of a piece is often fundamental in guiding the viewer into the soul of the painting; to share the imprint that it was meant to leave.

I feel a sense of peace and relief after I complete a piece. Each painting is like a baby that I am letting out into the world with a little piece of me with it. I am happy to see them go, as it is a way of sharing myself in a very personal way with others.


SELECTED EXHIBITIONS:

2015 - Linzy Arnott Studio & Gallery, Osprey Village, Pitt Meadows, BC
"Undiscovered Stars" - Seasons of Birch, The Guardian, What Dreams May Come, A Pear Affair

2014 - Federation of Canadian Artists Gallery, Granville Island:
"Small, Smaller, Smallest" - Soaking Up the Morning Sun
"Ten Squared" - Angels' Bonfire, Off the Grid, Holding My Breath

2014 - ACT Gallery, Maple Ridge, BC
"Ensemble" - Remember, Reminisce, Windswept

1997 - 2014 Garibaldi Art Club Spring & Fall Shows, Maple Ridge, BC
2014 Seasons in the Park (juried) ACT Gallery
2013 Fall Show, Peoples' Choice Top 5 "What If"
2012 (juried), Honorable Mention: “Berry Treasure”
2011 In Pursuit of Excellence (juried), Honorable Mention “Divergence”
1997 “Family Tree” voted as invitation and display piece

2010-2012 Beyond the Brush Summer and Fall Shows, Mission, BC

 

The Ends of the Earth by Cindy Johnston

 

Nomad by Cindy Johnston

 

Jacob's Ladder by Cindy Johnston

 

A Life Well Lived by Cindy Johnston

 

Another Day in Paradise by Cindy Johnston

 

Spring Glory by Cindy Johnston

 

Purple Passion by Cindy Johnston

 

Wild Poppies by Cindy Johnston

 

Remember Me by Cindy Johnston

 

Crazy Daisies by Cindy Johnston

 

The Observer by Cindy Johnston

 

Listen Linda... by Cindy Johnston

 

Nelson by Cindy Johnston

 

Escape by Cindy Johnston

 

Martha and John by Cindy Johnston

 

Avery by Cindy Johnston

 

Cry Freedom by Cindy Johnston

 

Red Handed by Cindy Johnston

 

Jake and the Berry by Cindy Johnston

 

Kevin by Cindy Johnston

 

Good Morning Ruskin by Cindy Johnston

 

The Sounds of Silence by Cindy Johnston

 

Those She Left Behind by Cindy Johnston

 

Home on the Fraser by Cindy Johnston

 

Kanaka Meadow by Cindy Johnston

 

Until Tomorrow by Cindy Johnston

 

Copper Dusk by Cindy Johnston

 

Legacy by Cindy Johnston

 

A Long Way From Home by Cindy Johnston

 

Ophelia Black by Cindy Johnston

 

Best Kind of Crow's Feet by Cindy Johnston

 

Pears Got the Blues by Cindy Johnston

 

Peary Tale by Cindy Johnston

 

Let it Be by Cindy Johnston

 

Caw by Cindy Johnston

Caw

 

Baby Boy by Cindy Johnston

 

No Parking 2 by Cindy Johnston

 

Windswept by Cindy Johnston

 

The Shepherd's Grove by Cindy Johnston

 

There's No Place Like Home by Cindy Johnston

 

Reminisce by Cindy Johnston

 

Remember by Cindy Johnston

 

Holding My Breath by Cindy Johnston

 

Off The Grid by Cindy Johnston

 

Melancholy by Cindy Johnston

 

Life in the Fast Lane by Cindy Johnston

 

Concrete Jungle by Cindy Johnston

 

Come Away With Me by Cindy Johnston