Christine D. Johnson paints out of her studio in the old sardine factory on Cannery Row Monterey, CA. Her work is showcased throughout the peninsula. Johnson began painting as a student of Louise Smith, a UC Berkeley Fulbright Scholar and honored UC Extension School teacher. Smith was Johnson’s mentor for many years.
In 1986 Johnson moved into a studio in the Shuman Block, an historic brick building on Shattuck Avenue in Berkeley. Through the years many prominent Bay Area Artists worked within its brick walls: David Parks, Elmer Bischoff, Richard Diebenkorn, and W. Theophlus Brown. Good vibes filled the building and Johnson filled her large bright studio with over sized canvases. During this time Johnson applied for an Artist in Residence program in Vermont. She attended the Vermont Studio Center three separate times and found her work changed by the experience. Each time Johnson returned to Berkeley her brushstrokes became more expressive and her style more unique.
Monterey, CA USA
“She sees the world with an artist’s eye. She pulls together shapes, colors and texture that surprise and delight.”