The artwork of Sandra Johnson is known for its blend of
sensitivity, realism and romance. Sandra, an Ephraim native and a 40
year resident of Mt Pleasant, has done art work in landscapes and still
life, in both oil and acrylic. Her later works were almost exclusively in
pastel portraiture. She has exhibited her work throughout Utah, in
California, Colorado, and Wyoming. Sandra has displayed her work in
many shops and businesses as well as in galleries. Her art has been
presented at Jerry Anderson's Bronze studio and Gallery at Silver Reef,
Utah and at the Shadows Mountain Gallery in Jackson, Wyoming
where she was asked to be a demonstrating artist.
Sandra took several art classes at Snow College as a young
adult, but her real inspiration to paint happened during a workshop
with Max Blain where she really got hooked on painting. She recalls,
"I was just so thrilled to be doing what I always wanted to do that I
became obsessed with it." Her first success was an "Album Cover:
featuring Kenny Rogers which won a Salt Lake exhibit's "Best of Show
Award". Kenny autographed it and Sandra sold it for a tractor lawn
mower.
Sandra, since that time, has sold hundreds of works, many done
on commission. Mrs. Johnson considers herself primarily self-taught,
therefore has been reluctant to lead workshops herself. However, she
has instructed several pastel classes at the Utah Valley Art Guild and Central Utah Artist Cooperative.
Mrs. Johnson says her inspiration for a sensitive portraiture is simple: "You just see a face and think, "Oh, I have to paint that person." She will take photos, attend the Mountain Man Rendezvous or simply sketch a scene when she doesn't have her camera with her. It is her fascination with people that has helped her succeed with portraiture.
Sandra is the daughter of Bill and Sena Nielson of Ephraim and the wife of Philip Johnson. Phil worked as a teacher and principal at Moroni Middle School. They has 5 children, 20 grandchildren and 45 great grandchildren. Because of serious illness over the last 15 years or so it has deterred her from pursuing her love of art. However, she has enjoyed thoroughly renewing her art skills in anticipation of her art exhibition at the Fairview Museum.