Featured Artist M. Jane Johnson

Artist M. Jane Johnson uses bold color and forms in her abstract work. Enjoy her art, and visit her website to see more of her portfolio.


"Twisting" mixed media, 30" x 30" by M. Jane Johnson. See her vibrant portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Twisting” mixed media, 30″ x 30″


I have loved art since I was a small child when I would recycle my father’s work papers with my drawings. I spent hours drawing and started taking oil painting class when I was 7 years old. While I seriously thought about going to school for architecture, I ended up majoring in art, receiving a BFA with a focus in drawing and painting. I was able to go to Italy several times during college and loved sitting on the street corners drawing all of the wonderful scenes around me.


"Fancy Plumage" mixed media, 30" x 24" by artist M. Jane Johnson. See her portfolio featured at www.ArtsyShark.com

“Fancy Plumage” mixed media, 30″ x 24″


Years flew by and I would still do some things with my art, but worked in drafting and then moved on the sales. My drawings can be found in the Junior League of Richmond’s Virginia Seasons cookbook, and I illustrated a workbook for the young patients at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC. I also took classes and workshops at the Art League in Alexandria, Virginia.


"Kimono" mixed media, 30" x 24" by M. Jane Johnson, whose vibrant portfolio can be seen at www.ArtsyShark.com

“Kimono” mixed media, 30″ x 24″


While I had painted representationally for years, one of the workshops open my eyes of the possibilities of mixed media paintings. It was love at first paint stroke. I found that mixed media allowed me to combine my love of painting, drawing, and colorful patterns into one piece of art.


"Hills & Lakes" mixed media, 20" x 20" by artist M. Jane Johnson. Her abstract portfolio is featured at www.ArtsyShark.com

“Hills & Lakes” mixed media, 20″ x 20″


My worked quickly started getting into shows and getting recognition. Having a strong eye for color, I was able to create paintings with a bold, beautiful color sense. I turned my love of architecture into a building process of creating my paintings, making them my own “construction projects.” Each process driven painting is textural and has strong lines that flow through the works as well.


"Carnival Feathers" mixed media, 30" x 40" by artist M. Jane Johnson. See more of her portfolio by visiting www.ArtsyShark.com

“Carnival Feathers” mixed media, 30″ x 40″


In 2011, I was commissioned to paint twelve paintings for Children’s National Medical Center’s Heart Clinic. I took this as a sign to stop my dead end sales job and to follow my heart and paint. I have a studio at the Workhouse Arts Center, a historic prison in Lorton, Virginia that was turned into an art center.


"Going in Different Directions" mixed media, 39" x 40", by artist M. Jane Johnson, whose art can be seen featured at www.ArtsyShark.com

“Going in Different Directions” mixed media, 39″ x 40″


I love to take risks with my work and allow the painting to tell me where it wants to go. My work has a bunch of “what if” moments during the creation. I like to push the limits and will often paint a painting, say, “Nope, that is not right,” and paint over it again. If it doesn’t work, it makes a great underpainting.


"Fanciful March" mixed media, 48" x 72" by artist M. Jane Johnson, who uses brilliant colors and forms in her abstract art. See her work at www.ArtsyShark.com

“Fanciful March” mixed media, 48″ x 72″


I use photos as I get closer to completion to help me pull the creative chaos together into a beautiful, cohesive painting. All the layers make the painting rich and interesting. I am a prolific painter, often working on multiple paintings at one time.


"Leaves on Water" mixed media, 60" x 36" by M. Jane Johnson. Her vibrant portfolio can be seen at www.ArtsyShark.com

“Leaves on Water” mixed media, 60″ x 36″


My “Geisha Series” was chosen for a coveted 2017 solo show at the Art League in Alexandria, Virginia. I have won numerous awards for my work. I’m seeking gallery representation and also want to work with art consultants to get my work into corporate environments. I enjoy working with interior designers to help them find the right painting for their client’s home.


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  1. My favorite one is Carnival Feathers. It reminds me of Mardi Gras.

  2. Beautiful work,exceptional color palette,very vivid,and each of the abstract painting telling the story!Excellent work,love all of your incredible work, Bravo!

  3. Thank you both so much for the lovely comments, Martha and Roman. Yes, the Carnival Feather painting reminds me of the bright colorful Braxpzilian Madri Gras. Roman, I love color and no matter what I can’t seem to paint a piece without some striking color in it. Color makes me happy and brightens the world.

  4. Love your new work! Congratulations on being featured artist. Well deserved.

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