About Art Interview with Lynn Johnson


Lynn Johnson is a Nova Scotia artist whose work exudes her love of the outdoors by capturing nature’s beauty and light. Johnson paints in acrylics, in representational style, with a goal to capture moments on canvas, where hopefully her ‘view’ will be enjoyed by many. Her brilliant acrylic paintings are featured along with Nora Gross (watercolour), and Betty-Anne Gaetz (oil) as part of a tri-solo show entitled “Views” at Visual Voice Fine Art, 128 King Street, Truro, N.S. The exhibit runs until November 5th.

Why do you make art?

I think my work is an extension of my very being; what I see, experience, and my reactions to it. I honestly can’t imagine going through life without this expression. When I’m painting it is a working meditation as time passes without me being aware of anything but the work in front of my eyes. I have been making art for over 20 years, and what keeps me motivated is also people’s reaction to my work. When a viewer stops, looks and feels a connection to the work it brings a huge sense of joy to me, and hopefully to them as well. This is even more pronounced with commissioned works because it is an honor and joy to bring something alive on canvas that has special meaning to someone else.

What inspires you?

I can’t say that anything or anywhere in particular inspires me. Rather, I find inspiration often in the simplest things around me. Usually it’s the way the light warms a scene or object, or anything that makes you stop for a fleeting second and think, “wow.. look at that!” Almost every day something catches my eye and I try to capture the feeling of these brief moments in time.

How do you work?

I’m a bit of a lone wolf. Although I enjoy the companionship that comes with art groups and events I do my best work alone and that’s how I work from my home studio. I work almost exclusively from my own photos and reference material with the exceptions of commissioned work. I’m no photographer and my photos aren’t always great, but they serve to remind me of what I felt at the second I took the picture. I work from what I felt in that moment as much as what I see in the photo.

What is an artistic outlook on life?

For me an artistic outlook is to have my eyes wide open and not miss what’s right in front of me, which is easy to do as we rush around in a hectic world.

What’s the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

The best advice I was ever given was to be true to myself. I paint what calls to me and need to feel something to want to paint it. I hope that translates through to the viewers to feel something pull them in to look closer at a piece of my work. I never paint what is popular, trendy or what seems to be selling most around the galleries. To do that would not be true to myself and I would not be doing my best work. I believe if the work is good, recognition will follow.

Where can we find you?

You can find my work at Visual Voice Fine Art at 128 King Street in downtown Truro. The gallery is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 12:30 to 5pm. And please visit my website: http://lynnjohnsonart.ca