Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Artist Profile: Nan Johnson

Throughout the year, I'll be featuring a "question and answer" post from each of the participants for the 2014 Paws For Charity Project. Today we hear from Nan Johnson.
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Nan Johnson
Where do you live? What made you want to contribute to help raise funds for an animal shelter in NS?
I live in New Jersey, US. There are 2 things I love - art & animals. When given the chance to combine them AND to help the shelter & their animals, I jump at the chance! I had participated in the Love From Me project book a few years ago. When the Paws book was mentioned, I immediately sent in photos to be involved. So glad that SHAID benefits from this!

Do you have a certain "style" in mind when you create your images?
The "style" for a painting definitely hinges on the subject, and if doing an animal, their personality. Dogs always seem more gregarious, and so I paint them with bolder strokes. Their eyes are soulful and I try to add that life to them. Cats are always more aloof, and so their images are done with that atmosphere -- except for their eyes! Their eyes are often so intense.

Tell us about a future project you have in mind?
I have previously done a Pet Portrait giveaway on my Facebook page & blog - and have decided to do it again this year. Probably during the month of May, with the winner picked by random drawing. Last years winner was so excited - and "Brady" on my Paws page is her pet!

What is your favorite photo/art piece and why?
I don't have a favorite specific piece, but I do have a favorite "moment" whenever I am doing a Pet Portrait. It's when I complete the face - the nose, mouth & eyes. It brings the dog to life suddenly. I recently did a portrait for a friend of her family dog from long ago. I knew this dog back then so I was anxious to do his portrait - and I wanted it to come out perfect. When I did the eyes I nearly dropped the brush. It was him! From 35 years ago starring back at me and I suddenly felt like I had brought him back to life! It's both a wonderful, and also a bit freaky, moment when that happens.

Thanks Nan....I'm so glad you participated in the 2014 Paws For Charity Project!

Click on this link to preview this year's book:
For a 25% discount on your purchase, input coupon code P4C2014 (valid until June 30, 2014) All proceeds from the sale of these books are donated to Sheltering Helpless Animals in Distress (, an animal shelter in Nova Scotia.

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