As we count down to Paint Annapolis 2016, MFA will be featuring diffrent artists of the day to let you learn more about the people who are competing and exhibiting in Paint Annapolis.

Paint Annapolis 2016
Competition: May 30th through 
Exhibition: June

Greg Johannesen

Greg Johannesen developed his interest in art at an early age, spurred on by an art award he won at age 6. Growing up near the beach, the outdoors and nature have always been a major part of his art experience. After grade school, Greg had the honor to study under accomplished artist Suzanne Stevens, where he first experienced painting en plein air.

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In college, Greg followed his passion for art. He earned an Associates degree from Tidewater Community College for Advertising Design with a minor in Drawing. Next, he attended Virginia Commonwealth University where he earned a BFA in Illustration. Working for a variety of clients, Greg’s commercial work spans 25+ years. He has illustrated numerous books, designed hundreds of print materials, and created interactive content. Greg was trained as an illustrator but retained the soul of a fine artist, always allowing himself the freedom and time to paint.

Greg is a member of the Illustrators Club of Washington, DC, Maryland, and Virginia, the Mid Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association (Signature Member), the Society of Children’s Book Illustrators, the Pastel Society of America, and the Maryland Pastel Society (Signature Member).  He has been featured in PleinAir Magazine, Southern Maryland This is Living Magazine, and in Gary Pendleton’s book, 100 Plein Air Painters of the Mid-Atlantic.  He has work in the permanent collection of the Academy Art Museum in Easton, MD, the Chart House Corporate Collection in Virginia,  the Avian Corporate Collection in St. Mary’s, Maryland, E. Morgan and Joan C. Massey private collection in Richmond, Virginia and work in numerous other corporate and private collections. His work is available in carmen’s gallery, Solomons, MD.

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Greg finds that immersing himself in the outdoors somehow liberates his creativity. His work is influenced by the Chesapeake Bay — from Annapolis to Solomons Island to Point Lookout where work boats, boat yards, waterways, and grand bay views provide ample inspiration for his paintings. Greg currently paints with pastels which enable him to produce vibrant and expressive pieces.

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