Joy Johnson with AngelPersonal Statement

My home and studio are surrounded by vineyards, quiet surroundings, which provides the solitude that enables me to create the spiritually based art that is close to my soul.


My symbolic imagery has been inspired by spiritual perspectives from many cultures, influenced by my travels.


Having worked in a broad range of media, I prefer to work as a mixed media sculptor installing environments. Combining wood constructions, each sets the stage for the purposeful embellishments that create the enigma of my art. Important to the creative process of adornment, the multiple shapes and detailing are of a repetitive nature. This act of repetition has enabled me to arrive at a meditative state providing access to my inner self resulting in personal revelations and enlightenments.


Johnson received a Master of Art degree from California State University Fresno, 1983. A visual artist for over three decades, she has shown in numerous solo and group exhibits throughout California, nationally and inter-nationally receiving recognition with numerous awards, publications and televised interviews.