Will Johnstone, Artist & Writer, Santa Fe, New Mexico

Southwestern Paintings by Will Johnstone

I grew up in the north valley of Albuquerque, New Mexico, near the alfalfa fields and irrigation ditches of the Rio Grande Bosque, between the Sandia Mountains and the volcanoes, the Rio Puerco and San Ysidro, Los Alamos, Santa Fe, Socorro, Belen, and the westward stretch of old Hwy 66. I began painting in the colors of the mesas, mountains, arroyos, deserts, ancestral dwellings, turquoise skies and deep dark blues and blacks of nights in which I lived and hiked and dreamed.

For me, art has been my brush with canvas and paint, hammer marks and torch-melted solder upon silver, chisel and knife cuts into stone, ink scratches of ideas. In this dance of mind and eyes and hands and medium, art is the process of experiential expression, like whistling off of the top of a midnight moonlit mountain or trying to yodel face forward into a strong blowing wind. I do art because it is a challenge into which I can personally become immersed. True, sometimes I burn canvases or melt down jewelry or smash a stone, admitting to my limitations. Then I move forward with what I learn.

Southwest Art by Will Johnstone
w48" x h24"      "Pots"

Southwest Art by Will Johnstone
w48" x h18"      "Moon Rise"

Southwest Art by Will Johnstone
w48" x h18"      "Dripping Moon"

     

Southwest Art by Will Johnstone
w48" x h48"      "View From My Window"

Southwest Art by Will Johnstone
w48" x h60"      "Mesa Verde"