Sunday, February 4, 2018

Day 367: Maria Johnson

Maria Renée Johnson grew up exploring and drawing the desert wilds on the edges of Phoenix, Arizona. Eventually tempted by the pull of the sea, Maria got her bachelor's degree in marine conservation and visual arts at Prescott College. She spent many subsequent years studying fisheries, creating artwork, and teaching conservation in México along the shores of the Gulf of California.

Heavily influenced by her desert and sea experiences, Maria's artwork explores the natural world and mystical realms while seeking to connect people to nature's inhabitants, inherent rhythms, and magic. The majority of her art is made up of thousands of tiny dots in black and white ink. This style is both a natural inclination to the medium and a way of viewing the world through the lens of ecology: a myriad of pieces, all equal in importance, come together to create one great, functioning, healthy whole. Her process combines a continued education in natural history as well as the practice of mediation and love; her hope is to inspire a deeper sense of home, an ethic of compassion, and sense of care for the earth.
Maria's work has been shown across Arizona venues, including the University of Arizona Museum of Art, Saguaro National Park, and The Natural History Institute. Numerous pieces have been featured in publications from scientific journals to local Arizona magazines such as Edible Baja Arizona and Zócalo. Currently, she is working on a body of work focused on climate change that will be shown in September at the YWCA in Tucson, Arizona.

Instagram:  maria.reneej

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