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CYNTHIA FARRELL JOHNSON

CYNTHIA FARRELL JOHNSON

Artist Work

Here's 2 U Dear Ella
2014
Mixed Media: Gouache, India Ink & Acrylic.
14 x 19"
The Age of Miracles (Has Not Passed)
2014
Mixed Media: India Ink & Collage
13 1/4 x 10 1/4"
Kinda Blue
2013
Mixed Media: Gouache & Acrylic.
13 x 10"
Uhuru Africa: Inspired by Randy Weston
2015
Mixed Media: Gouache, India Ink & Acrylic.
7 7/8 x 10"
Sax Rules II
2015
Mixed Media: Gouache & Acrylic.
18 x 12"
Sweet Strings
2014
Mixed Media: Gouache & Acrylic
12 7/8 x 18"

Artist Information

County
Montgomery County
Phone
240 475 1047
Artistic Category

Visual Arts

Artist Statement

Our world is full of rich, beautiful, colors. My goal as an artist is to record beauty. In the process, I hope my art will bring joy into the viewer's life. Most of us are looking for ways to make life better for future generations. And while we all may be facing challenges, we live with the faith that tomorrow will be better. So, day in, day out, we seek ways to heal that which ails us; build bridges of understanding; and embrace life in all its splendor and magnificence. We must also deal with those who are bent on destruction and discord: daily we are bombarded with reports of unspeakable horrors—caused by forces of nature or by human frailties. Yet even in the midst of this chaos, one can find beauty, peace and comfort. My mission is to record as much of this beauty as possible, using the richest color combinations that I can devise. My goal is to remember that every day there are more individuals acting out of love and kindness than hate. In telling their stories, I hope to inspire or comfort others.

Artist Bio

Cynthia Farrell Johnson is a fan of vibrant colors. Her works in gouache and acrylic have been inspired by the people she met and places where she lived during 25 years of globetrotting as a U.S. diplomat. Service in West Africa, Central and South America exposed her to a wide variety of artistic traditions and forms of expression. Her role models are Romare Bearden, Jacob Lawrence, Faith Ringgold and Vincent Van Gogh. Johnson is a member of the Rockville Art League and the Washington chapter of Women’s Caucus for Art. In 2011, Johnson was Artist-in-Residence at Wesley Theological Seminary’s Luce Center for the Arts & Religion. As a participant in the Department of State’s Art in Embassies Program, Ms. Johnson has placed her work in U.S. ambassadorial residence in Niger, Nicaragua, Serbia, Ecuador, El Salvador, and Panama. To learn more, visit www.cfjfinearts.com.