Growing up on a small farm in Upstate New York helped me develop a strong connection to wildlife and nature. My lifelong experiences with animals and nature are the inspirations for every painting I complete. After many years, of developing my love for wildlife, I decided to apply it to my artistic talent. I am not a formally trained artist and all of my abilities are self-taught through reading how-to-books, visiting local art exhibits, and by traveling to many parts of the world. Through my travels to Africa, the Amazon, Tahiti, Mexico and through out the United States I developed a strong connection to my passion for artwork and was inspired to become a full-time artist.
As you can see in my paintings, several aspects of nature and wildlife fuel my inspirations. Whether it's a sound I hear in the forest or something I observe while I am exploring the world, each of these experiences can be found within my artwork. After trying many mediums, I decided that my true love was with oils. I fell in love with oil because it allowed me to paint flowing lines of fur and feathers. Through many years of experience, I have established painting techniques that help me bring emotion and mood to each of my pieces. I have been able to create paintings with high levels of realism through elements of light and shadows. My goal as an artist is to translate my love for nature and wildlife into beautiful artwork that people from all walks of life can enjoy and appreciate. To me, artwork is more than skill; it is the expression of a vision and communication of my life experiences with animals. I hope that my paintings inspire others to explore nature in order to develop a deeper connection with animals.
My goal for this blog is to share my inspirations and experiences as an artist. I will share information about local art exhibits, techniques I am using, paintings in progress and photos of nature and wildlife that inspire me. I hope this blog will help you better understand my motivations as an artist and encourage you to develop a deeper connection with nature and wildlife.
The Wildlife and Nature Art of Johanna Lerwick. A blog about painting wildlife and nature. Topics including painting in progress, oil paintings, art prints, art licensing and painting techniques.