Born in 1961 in Chillicothe, Ohio, Tim Johnson was deeply influenced by the rolling hills and lush woodlands of his home state. He became interested in art at an early age and experimented with a wide range of mediums and subject matter, eventually settling on architectural structures and their relationship with the environment.
In 1985, Johnson received a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Ohio University. Immediate following his completion of academic study, he began a six-year journey through Europe where he studied classic and impressionist styles of painting and took in a variety of scenery.
In 1991, Tim returned to the U.S. and settled in Phoenix, Arizona. There he began assimilating the various elements of European, Midwestern and Southwestern influences on his work.
“I don’t paint from photographs or reference material, I paint from memories. I’m not trying to create an accurate landscape necessarily; instead I’m trying to create an emotion in the viewer; hopefully to make them feel the way I did when I used to go exploring outdoors. I’m trying to paint an idealized place where they can escape to when the real world gets to be too stressful, to urban or to boring. Everyone has a memory from their own childhood when the sun was warm and the leaves where green and everything was how it should be. I’m trying to locate the place in all of us.”