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Robert Johnson was born in Hopewell, Virginia and studied at the Art Students League of New York. He studied with Robert Beverly Hale, Michael Burban and David Leffel. He is a signature member of the Oil Painters of America and the Allied Artists of America. Robert Johnson teaches at the Scottsdale Artists School and other private workshops. He is a graduate of Duke University and Duke University Law School. He lives in Vienna, Virginia with his wife, Virginia and their daughter Lisa Blake.

After graduating from law school, Johnson spent several years in living in Europe where his original intent was to follow Cezanne’s footsteps. Along the way he fell in love with the Old Masters: the rich paint quality, the sure handed draftsmanship, and the ever present human dimension. When Johnson decided to leave his law practice to devote himself full time to painting he did so in response to Nietzsche’s comment, “It is not enough to have talent. You must give yourself permission to have it.”

Robert Johnson talks about his philosophy of life as a painter in his book “On Becoming a Painter.

One of the great secrets of painting is what a joyful process it can be. It was my salvation; a way to make sense of a chaotic universe and find a deep sense of purpose… Each brush strokeis a unique living record of an artists’ personality – his view of life and beauty on the day the brush touched the canvas. It is unique as a fingerprint.

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"Roses in a Blue Ginger Jar"
14 x 18 Oil Painting