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L. Diane Johnson
painting Rome, Italy

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Artists Statement

FOR MANY YEARS I enjoyed painting client portraits, still life and landscapes within my studio. However, I found that the incredible experience of capturing landscapes en plein air (fr. in the open air), bar none, is the best way to engage and interperet the subject — live on location.

In addition to painting the US, I’ve had the opportunity to paint abroad in France, Italy and the United Kingdom. The experience has been nothing short of profound. The landscape comes alive, as I paint the light that redefines whatever scene is before me.

As the instructor of several plein-air excursions held in Claude Monet’s Garden in the village of Giverny, I can understand why Monet painted in this single place for the last 40 years of his life and still could not exhaust its enduring beauty.

I have chosen to step back from the tight realism I once embraced, for a more open, painterly/impressionistic treatment — capturing the landscape in a more lively way; a sense of place rather than a literal copy best left to photography.

Each time I step outside, I am even more filled with the wonder of what God has created around us, for us.

It is to Him that my art is dedicated.

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