Born in Glenwood, MN on Oct. 21, 1905. While in the fourth grade, Johnson sent for a correspondence course in cartooning which created a desire to pursue an art career. He moved to Long Beach, CA with his parents in 1920 and graduated from Polytechnic High School in 1923. He then studied at the University of Montana and at the Chouinard Art School in Los Angeles. He later taught oil and watercolor classes at Orange Coast College for many years, and was on the founding faculty of Coastline College at Costa Mesa with a lifetime teaching credential from the State of California. His art career was interrupted by WWII while serving in the Air Corps. Johnson had homes in Seal Beach, CA and Brookings, OR until his demise in the latter on Fe
Source: Edan Hughes, "Artists in California, 1786-1940"
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