M. Jane Johnson was born in Jacksonville, Florida where she started painting at the age of 7.
She won many awards for her art as a child and went on to major in art at Stratford College in Danville, VA. She received a BFA with a focus on painting and drawing.
After college, Johnson earned a teaching certificate in art and also studied drafting. She went on to work in drafting for several years before she worked for a public utility designing electrical facilities. After working for the public utility company she went into outside sales calling on architects, hospitals, and all levels of government agencies until she decided she wanted to return to art full time.
I always loved the artist flair of Ambelika clothes. When I was invited to participate I was very honored. This painting is based on several pieces that I liked in the upcoming collection. I love the patterning in the jacket I am wearing. I have painted kimonos in the past and am always drawn to their beautiful patterns and fit. I was also inspired by the Urban line and the cute quilted coat with the ruffle bottom. I call this piece Urban Quilt as it has the feel of buildings and the huddle of the city with the different layers of complexity that goes with any urban setting.M. Jane Johnson
Johnson is a resident artist at the Workhouse Arts Center, a historic prison that was converted to an art center in 2008. She has had a number of solo shows and participated in art fairs. Her work is held in private and corporate collections around the world.
My paintings are a construction project. I build and shape their layers and textures to make my work come alive. I enjoy how the media mix and merge together – each painting formed from dozens of layers of paint, papers, drawings, and stencils. All of these elements represent the complexity of the parts that form the painting’s persona.M. Jane Johnson
After receiving a commission from Children’s National Medical Center in 2010, she took the leap to become a full-time artist. MJ Johnson was juried into the Workhouse Arts Center in 2013 as a resident artist. Her work has been selected for shows in Delaware, Washington, D.C., Maryland, North Carolina, and Virginia including solo shows at the Art League in Alexandria, VA and Artists & Makers, in Rockville, MD. She has been recognized in the Washington Post, Elan Magazine and Acrylic Works. Her paintings have been collected internationally by corporations and private owners.
M. Jane Johnson Art Piece was inspired by the AJ403B – coming soon.