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 Richard Vernon Johnson  (1905 - 2001)

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Lived/Active: California/Minnesota      Known for: landscape, animal, illustration

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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 Feb. 23, 2001. His love of nature is evident in his choice of subjects, namely landscapes, seascapes, mountains, and deserts. Member: American WC Society; AAPL; Spectrum Club, Long Beach; Laguna Beach AA; San Gabriel AA. In: Pasadena Historical Society; Grace Methodist Church, Long Beach (mosaic, 19'x24').
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RICHARD VERNON JOHNSON "Vernon" (1905-2001).

California Style Watercolorist, Plein-Air Landscape Painter, was born in Glenwood, Minnesota and moved to Long Beach, California in 1920 with his family. His art studies included courses from Chouinard Art Institute (Los Angeles), Crafton Hills College Seminars in Redlands California, Nicholai Fechin with Jepson Art School of Los Angeles, Sam Hyde Harris and watercolor studies with Rex Brandt, Millard Sheets, Robert E. Wood, George Post, Barse Miller and Milford Zornes.

Johnson’s art career, interrupted for service with the Air Corps in World War II, included illustration in Los Angeles and New York and specialization in outdoor advertising. His love for the outdoors and nature is most evident in his many landscape and coastal paintings of California, Oregon & Hawaii. He also painted many scenes during trips to Japan, China, Vietnam, the South Pacific, Europe, and Scandinavia.

He earned a lifetime teaching credential in Oil and Watercolor from the state of California, resulting from 25 years of teaching at Orange Coast College and Coastline Community College of Costa Mesa and was on the founding faculty of the latter institution.

Exhibitions included the American Watercolor Society (AWS), Grumbacher Traveling Exhibit, awards in shows with the Los Angeles Home Show, Laguna Beach AA, Traditional Artists Guild, Seal Beach Art League.

He was a member of the American Watercolor Society; AAPL, Long Beach Spectrum Club, Laguna Beach AA, Traditional Artists Guild of Paramount, San Gabriel AA and the Desert Art Center of Palm Springs.

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