Robert James Johnson
Having concluded my work-a-day life with a 20-year stint as a self-employed graphic designer and recently relocated to the land of enchantment, I’m taking full advantage of my newfound freedom to walk about the countryside and explore my interest in the landscape of the Great Southwest.
I have painted with oil colors for a number of years but I’ve always loved the look of woodcut and linocut art. Creating monotypes allows me to capture and combine some of the dynamic qualities of oil painting with the monochromatic sharp linear character of a woodcut. Incorporating my experiences in commercial and industrial art with the training received as an artist, I have developed what I believe is a singular method of printmaking creating one-of-a-kind images using primarily earth colors and the simplest of materials, hand transferred onto archival papers. The papers I most frequently use are from the French Paper Company, established in 1871. Since 1922, all of their papers are made using 100% renewable electricity generated by their own hydroelectric plant. Many of these papers incorporate recycled materials and are acid-free.