Last Friday night, we headed over to the art opening at the Shain Gallery featuring the latest works of Lynn Johnson & Eric Olsen. I have been a fan of Lynn’s for years, so I was so happy that Sybil introduced me to Lynn and I had a chance to talk with her before the show.
One of the first reasons I was drawn to Lynn Johnson’s artwork is because it’s all about florals. Some of the flowers are more defined, others more abstract, but there is just something so calming about looking at her work up on the gallery walls… and hopefully one day up on my bedroom walls!
The color palettes Lynn used for her latest pieces ranged from white florals and shades of pink, to smaller pieces in vibrant orange.
My painting process is one of spontaneity and intuition. It begins in a familiar place; the layering of washes of color with line and loose organic forms. I make mistakes and don’t paint with a precise plan. Having worked for several years in the field of graphic design, I liken painting to my opportunity to step outside the lines, experiment and take risks.
Lynn Johnson’s work has been exhibited in public and private collections around the United States. She received her BFA from Iowa State University College of Art.
Also featured in this recent show at the Shain were new works by artist Eric Olsen whose work featured multicolored palettes, and thick layers of paint.
Eric Olsen received his BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago and later completed an MFA at East Carolina University. He feels that the most charged part of an image comes not from seeing one thing or another, but from the minute point in time when the viewer’s point of view changes.
Another exciting announcement… there will be an interview with Lynn Johnson coming soon, so make sure you’re following via email or Bloglovin’ to have the chance to see the interview the moment it’s posted!