On a cold grey day in Vermont, Lauren Johnson began her journey of expression through painting after years of working for decades in other mediums as an artist. With her two young children in tow and a dream, she started Lauren Johnson Studio in her pop-up garage studio in Waterbury, VT.
After several years living in Vermont and a deeper love of art and nature, Lauren relocated back to Philadelphia with her husband, children, and dog and continued her passion for painting and creating in her in-home studio.
Lauren grew up in the central New Jersey Shore where she lived the coastal life. It was there that she began her deep relationship with nature and the sea. Her coastal upbringing created a life of respite and relaxation that has stayed with her throughout her life. Nature and the sea as her source of inspiration, she paints abstract art and modern impressionism landscapes which provide moments of peace and tranquility, providing calm for herself and her viewer.
Her style has also been inspired by artists ranging from abstract expressionism, such as Helen Frankenthaler to impressionism such as Matisse and Monet. They inspired her to explore color and form, expressions and gestures of beauty and gratitude for the beauty she sees in nature. Japanese culture also plays a role in her work through the philosophy of wabi-sabi, enjoying the simplicity and finding solace in the perfectly imperfect. Whether the medium is acrylic, oil, watercolor, Japanese woodblock print or clay, Lauren is drawn to express emotions and thoughts through her artwork.