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, the process of creation provides an opportunity for the exploration of place, to investigate the complexity of color and light, to express sometimes complex feelings, and shine a metaphorical light in the darkness.

Douglas C. Johnson

"The Mucky Duck" 24" x 36", acrylic on canvas, 2023

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 the Peter Miller Gallery, the Addington Gallery, and the Chicago International Art Exhibition and 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.