Douglas C. Johnson was born in central Illinois, and spent his summer youth detasseling, walking beans, and visiting extended family in rural Nebraska, where his grandfathers had been farmers. His family, on both sides, were early settlers in Illinois, in the towns of Rankin, Odell, and Henry.
Johnson studied at Illinois State University for his bachelors and masters degrees, and finished with a Master of Fine Arts degree at Northern Illinois University. He has exhibited in Chicago at the Peter Miller Gallery, the Addington Gallery, and the Chicago International Art Exhibition. His work is in many private collections.
On exhibition at the Lonnie Eugene Stewart Gallery at Carl Sandburg College in Galesburg, IL