Name: Michael Chesley Johnson PSA, MPAC
Bio: Michael Chesley Johnson is a Master Pastellist of Pastel Artists Canada, a Signature Member of the Pastel Society of America and the Pastel Society of New Mexico, as well as a juried member of Oil Painters of America and other prestigious groups. His work has been in shows in both the US and Canada and has been published in The Artist's Magazine, The Pastel Journal, American Artist and Fine Art Connoisseur (Plein Air Magazine).
Medium: Pastel, oil.
Publications: Michael is the author of the books, Backpacker Painting: Outdoors with Pastel & Oil; Through a Painter's Brush: A Year on Campobello Island and The Art of Ann Templeton: A Step Beyond.
He writes regularly for The Pastel Journal, and is a Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine.
Subjects: Landscape. Primarily an outdoor painter, he teaches plein air painting workshops throughout North America.
Style: Representational, with impressionistic tendencies.
Navigation: This website is well laid out, bespoke design by 3 Crows, which demonstrates the artist’s work and is a functional shop window for his art, DVDs and books. The main menu remains available at all times. There is a site map, which is unusual on artists’ websites.
Gallery: Paintings: Maritime/Seascape (oils and pastels); American Southwest (more oils than pastels); Selection of Sold Works (oils and pastels).
Image View: Each gallery consists of thumbnails that are tagged with information on medium and size. You are invited to click on these to enlarge them in an attractive pop-up, whence they may be saved. Many of Michael’s pastels are 9x12 ins, including Low Tide Roses, 600x 437, 101 KB.
Blog: Michael maintains an intelligent, informative blog that has useful tips on everything from the advantages of a limited palette (oil), to using a “dry wash” in pastel.
Demo: Search for the artist on YouTube.
Facebook: A public Facebook page.