Now Showing in The Robert F. Cage Gallery

Karen S. Johnston - Tryon, North Carolina

Showing January, February

 Karen S. Johnston

Tryon artist, Karen S. Johnston, will open her exhibit at the Robert F. Cage Art Gallery at The Prizery with a reception on Sunday, January 10th from 3:00pm to 5:00pm. The exhibit will continue through February.

Biographical Sketch

Karen Johnston’s artistic journey has taken many paths. Among those paths have been fabric creations; from doll clothes to her wedding gown to teddy bears. Her love of creating floral arrangements and interior design led her to a redesign business focusing on the art of Feng Shui. After retiring to a small artist community in North Carolina, she became interested in painting and began taking classes. This new path has evolved over the years beginning in watercolor but soon expanding to oil, pastel, encaustic, and mixed media. Johnston continues to take classes and workshops from well known artists to broaden her spectrum of media. Her subjects range from still life and landscapes to abstract expressionism.

Born in Pennsylvania, she received a B.A. from Marshall University, Huntington, WV, and taught special education. She also worked with visually impaired and blind infants while living in Lexington, KY. She has lived most of her adult life in the Southeast, residing in South Boston in the early 1990s. Her work has been accepted and awarded in a number of juried art shows and can be found in local and regional galleries and homes.

Artist Statement

The name I’ve chosen for this show is “Uno Alto Volta” which means, “One At a Time”. A rare blood disorder diagnosis in 1996 greatly influenced my creative journey. Retiring to Tryon in 1998, I became involved with our local art community. I took a few painting classes and experienced the joy around me with new eyes. Inspired by all the beauty of nature that surrounds us I took on the challenge of trying to capture her moods and tell her story in paint.

I find change exciting and invigorating and that too reflects in my art. In addition to oil, I’ve experimented with watercolor, mixed media, encaustic, acrylic, pastel and any and every other new process that comes my way. I love to explore new techniques and styles. I enjoy creating representational landscapes, still life and expressionistic abstracts.

I hope this show will reflect my journey through my love of nature and the joy of creating, dancing with color, line and movement, and the excitement of exploration. I am so grateful that God has opened my eyes to see His glory, to feel His presence and to hopefully be able to pass on joy One Day at a Time and One Painting at a Time.