Artist Oksana Johnson
Oksana is a Russian-American Impressionist who has lived in the United States since 1997. Growing up in Russia, she developed a deep appreciation and love for art, gaining exposure to the greatest artworks of Russian and Western masters in the country’s best art museums. She has studied painting in the U.S. and Russia with Huihan Liu, Slava Korolenkov, Ivan Vityuk. Margaret Carter Baumgaertner, Scott Burdick, and Susan Lyon.
Oksana loves to travel and to capture her impressions of the places she visits. While at her home studio in San Francisco, she also likes painting flowers and portraits.
“ I can’t imagine my life without painting. When I paint, I get a very special feeling of being deeply in touch with myself and the world around me. Time seems to stand still. Painting allows me to look into the furthest corners of my soul, and express on the canvas my feelings about what I see and experience. The other important aspect of being an artist is that it forces me to look more carefully at the subjects I am painting, and to observe what otherwise could go unnoticed: the touching innocence of a child, the wisdom hidden in every wrinkle of an old man’s face, the fragility of a flower, the interesting shape of the light and the multitude of colors in a stream of moving water. I feel extremely fortunate to have an opportunity to capture both what I see and the connection I feel at the moment, and to share it with others through my paintings.” Oksana paints primarily in oils, but also enjoys working in other media such as charcoal, watercolor, and pastels. Her works are in private collections in the United States and Europe.
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