Kathy Johnston, a Canadian Artist currently living in Winnipeg, divides her time between Canada and France. Kathy has studied Fine Arts at the University of Manitoba. Though she majored in drawing Kathy has been working mostly in oil paints for the last 44 years. She is a member of the Winnipeg Sketch Club, Mentoring Women's Association of Winnipeg and the Assiniboine Group of Artists.
Ms Johnston's figurative artwork garnered most of her success. She has been in numerous shows and has won a number of awards from Best in Show and Best in Category at the Winnipeg Harvest Art Competition along with Viewers Choice Award and 2nd place at the Manitoba Society of Artists Art Competition. Her work is hung in a variety of countries including the award winning painting "Davida" which is hung a the Manitoba Legislative Building.
Kathy experiments with different painting platforms from canvas, wood and building materials. She has had a large body of work titled Creating Woman Series, prior to which she completed her series titled Brides both of which express her interest in exploring the identity of women, the roles placed on women and the association of femininity with beauty. She states; "As a mother of 4 daughters I am and will always be interested in exploring the identity of woman and the roles placed on woman in society and the association of femininity with beauty. "
Kathy is also the owner of Winnipeg Art & Wine and teaches paint classes at local venues to beginners in a fun and relaxing environment. She says it has brought a lot of fun to her "lengthy" art career.
"I initially started painting landscapes, as is pretty usual for new painters, and then quickly graduated from landscape painting, to flowers and then to animals. Finding painting animals an incredibly challenging yet gratifying task I continued that for most of my career."
"Even with 20 years of figurative experience I still find myself interested, and more importantly, challenged by this subject. Since teaching though I have found myself in a more contemplative and relaxed mood I am venturing back into Landscape paintings. I am finding that this has renewed my interest in colours and their reactions to one another.
I am so lucky and blessed to be able to continue the painting journey"