The process of painting is central to my studio practice and these artworks serve as a reflection and exploration of my deeply rooted Midwestern experience. For me, this process provides an opportunity for the exploration of place, the investigation of the complexity of color and light, to express sometimes complex feelings, and shine a metaphorical light in the darkness.

Douglas C. Johnson

"Winter Morning Wash House" 24" x 36", acrylic on canvas, 2024

Johnson holds bachelor's and master's degrees in printmaking and painting from Illinois State University and a Master of Fine Arts in painting from Northern Illinois University. He has exhibited in Chicago at several galleries in the River North district, the Chicago International Art Exhibition, and he continues with an active exhibition schedule.

His work is in many private collections. He serves as the Executive Director of the McLean County Arts Center in Bloomington, IL.