There are several things setting Jay J. Johnson apart from the pack.
First and foremost is the art itself. Johnson seeks to go beyond depicting
the everyday splendor of the wilderness and wildlife he knows so well.
He goes one step further, waiting to immortalize a scene only when everything
- the light, the animals, and the environment - is captured in the "perfect
In his art, Johnson adds the artistry to the natural beauty of the
scene. One of Johnson's first prints was "Wolf Creek" in which
the wolves are always moving, not posing. "Wolves are always prowling
around, so it's a natural way to show them." Johnson's choice of
wolves was a heartfelt one. "When I look at wolves, I see something
mysterious and intelligent", Johnson explains. "They're very
alert, strong, and ready for action. Because of all those things, wolves
Johnson's attractiveness is conveyed through his artistry, created
over many years of study, exploration, and research. "I believe
I've covered more distance under my own power than any other artist in
the United States", he says.
" I hope that, through my paintings, people can see things
the way I do and appreciate what they might otherwise have passed by.
has enormous value, far more than anything we have created, and I like
to draw attention to that." - Jay Johnson
Print Shown: Winter Thaw