Label Text: Marilyn Johnson called these abstractions of her latter years “roadscapes.” The term reveals their connection to her life-long attention to landscape. She composed this painting from sketches made in the car’s passenger seat on roadtrips to the Finger Lakes region of New York. A country road becomes a vertical, green shaft flanked by abstracted foliage and lakes. From this lower region of larger forms in calming greens and blues, we feel an acceleration toward the busier, multi-colored layering in the “distance.” The painting is neither a simplification nor an embellishment of a single view along the road. Rather, the roadscape, like memory, is a very individual assemblage of transitory visions and impressions along a greater journey. Marilyn Johnson was a positive force in the Kalamazoo art scene since the 1970s. A well-respected painter of portraits, urban landscapes, and abstractions, she exhibited regularly, winning local and state awards.