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Artist Van Johnson


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    Years ago I had someone do an oil painting of my dog Luke, an Englishpointer.  It was a nice painting, but it just didn't look like my dog.  My wifesuggested I learn to paint him myself.  So I looked for an art teacher andfound one in Doug Prine, a western art specialist and a wonderful teacher.I took art lessons from him and it opened up a whole new world in oilpainting and gave me a new passion in life.    I grew up in Elbert, Texas, which is a small farming community in Throckmorton County.  It was there I developed a love for hunting andfishing.  Now when I go in the country, I see it in a whole new light.
Now I see colors, light, composition, shadows, and the possibility of an oil painting.
I have quail hunted with bird dogs all my life and now it is my passion
to bring them to life on canvas.
    I have done commissions of sporting dogs and other subjects for years
now and I am constantly striving to improve as an artist.  When you do
a painting for someone, it is a big responsibility because they are puttingtheir trust in you to bring that photo to life for them.  There is no
greater reward than to see the look of joy on someone's face
when you give them their painting and know they are going 
to have that painting for the rest of their life.   Member of Lake Granbury Art Association    Three "Artist of the Month" Awards    2nd Place award and "Peoples Choice Award" at 2004 Spring Art Show    1st Place award and "Peoples Choice Award" at 2004 Fall Art Show"Best of Show" award at Mineral Wells Art Association 2007 Art ShowAccepted into the Rio Brazos Juried Art Exhibition in 2004,2005, and 2006Juror's Merit Award 2007 Rio Brazos Juried Art ExibitionTwo paintings accepted in [...]

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