Fred Johnson

Fredric Jay Johnson

My painting career did not begin with an art degree but a life long series of building skills which started very early as a boy — painting, sketching, and drawing with my “Grandma Rielly” in her kitchen studio. I grew up in Huntington, Long Island, just a short walk to my Grandparents. In 1970 my family decided to move to Upper Jay, a small town in the Adirondacks where owned property, where I built my home, raised my children, and lived most of my life.

I continued my artistic adventures capturing on location the woods, the lakes, and the mountain scenery. I painted whenever I could until 2011 when a major flood destroyed our town, so my wife Laurie and I decided to move to the
quaint town of North Hero, Vermont. We discovered this area on past adventures in our sailboat not realizing then our “play land ” would shape and  change us forever ….we knew an Island home felt  ‘right’.  So we bought ourselves a new home and permanently relocated to Vermont. We also spent our engagement in Stowe treasuring our ski touring trips to the many slopes and back country trails.

My Education and Certification is in Electrical Design & Construction.  I am currently working on my twenty ninth year of Instruction at CV TEC in Plattsburgh, New York.  My Art Education was influenced by a variety of Artisans including a sign painter, a cabinetmaker, combined with fabulous opportunities at diverse summer art camps and programs including but not limited to my life long experience with an artistic grandmother who validated my early sketching, drawing, and painting abilities.

My greatest influence in oil painting was five years of instruction under Ray Jackman, a well-known artist and guide
from the Tupper Lake region. The focus of study was Adirondack landscape, realism, and painting on location. Hiking and canoeing to a site was a common practice that made a lasting experience. Ray refined my ability to study and capture the effects of light, texture, and balance.

My exhibits have appeared in the Adirondack Visitor Center (VIC), at Paul Smiths, New York; The Adirondack Arts
Council; The Lake Placid Center For Arts (LPCA) (CMDA) in Lake Placid, New York, and many various local, traveling Northeastern art shows.  I have also accomplished a few commissioned assignments and art sales.

Painting for me is a lifelong love.

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DSC9031 IMG_2377  Gloucester
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 East Pond The Lady Slippers Aussie Friends
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 Jackrabbit Trail in Winter Johnson Farm  DSCN0916


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