Label Text: This painting pre-dates Johnson’s usual streetscapes and architecturally-detailed representations for which she is known. The portrait is both a sensitive and powerful depiction of the artist’s daughter. Though figurative, the loose brushstrokes in the background and lower-body demonstrate a level of abstraction if not in concept, then
Johnson was an accomplished local artist. She worked briefly as a freelance fashion illustrator after college. In Kalamazoo she attended classes and workshops at the Kirk Newman Art School (KNAS). Her art was represented in many one-person, group and area shows in Southwest Michigan. She taught art for five years at Portage Community Schools and served one year at the Arts Council of Kalamazoo, 3 years on the Board of Directors, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts and was a Kirk Newman Art School faculty member.