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Marilyn Johnson

A Minnesota native, transplanted Floridian and longtime Nashville resident, Johnson first painted as a Vanderbilt college student in a course by Nashville Artist Arthur Orr. She returned to painting several years later, beginning in 1990 with a watercolor class taught by Susie Van Riper at The Art Store in Green Hills in Nashville. A season under the tutelage of Watercolorist Barbara Wallace in her studio and Thai Artist Wattana Wattanapun at Watkins Institute lead to her most intense and directed study in workshops by Artist Anton Weiss. Her passion is abstract painting and her love of art has been lifelong, continuing through stints living in Triberg, Germany; Paris, France; and Salzburg, Austria; Washington D.C.; Gainesville, Florida (studying at U of Florida’s Graduate School of Journalism & Communications); and Nashville, Tennessee (writing for Billboard Magazine’s Amusement Business and 20 years planning meetings and special events). Hans Hoffman, Richard Diebenkorn, Helen Frankenthaler, Arshille Gorky, Willem de Kooning and Paul Klee inspired along the way. Her work is in residential and corporate collections in California, Georgia, Florida, Massachusetts, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee. It has also been on the sets of television series and movies, including Lifetime Television’s Drop Dead Diva (2009), and the silver screen’s A Preacher’s Kid (2010). She is in galleries in Nashville and Atlanta. "Paintings have a life of their own that deriv

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