Michael Chesley Johnson, Fine Art, Landscapes, Seascapes, Maritimes, Paintings, Oil, Pastel

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One of the country's top plein air painters, Michael works in oil and pastel in the American Southwest, coastal Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. He has been an invited artist to many national plein air painting events over the years and has competed in challenging locations such as the Grand Canyon.

Elected a Master Pastellist by Pastel Artists Canada in 2008, he is a Signature Member of the American Impressionist Society and the Pastel Society of America. He is the author of Backpacker Painting: Outdoors with Oil & Pastel and Through a Painter's Brush: The American Southwest. A long-time contributor to The Pastel Journal and Contributing Editor for The Artist's Magazine, he teaches plein air painting workshops seasonally across the US and in Maine and New Mexico.

MPACMaster Pastellist, Pastel Artists Canada
AIS, Signature Member, American Impressionist Society
PSASignature MemberPastel Society of America
PSNMSignature Member, Pastel Society of New Mexico
APAP, Signature Member, Arizona Plein Air Painters
Juried Member, International Plein Air Painters

FounderPlein Air Painters of the Bay of Fundy
Founder, "Two Countries, One Bay" Open Studio Tour, Quoddy Artists Studio Tour
Charter MemberLandscape Artists International

Faculty Member, Sedona Arts Center, Sedona, AZ


Michael is honored to be named a Gamblin Dedicated Workshop Instructor. Using only the finest art materials in his paintings, he uses Gamblin Artists Colors and is versed in these products and their application. Michael uses Gamblin paints in his Downeast Maine and Arizona plein air painting workshops.

Michael has taught at workshop centers and for art groups such as the following: Northwest Pastel Society (Gig Harbor, WA); Green Drake Gallery (Milheim, PA); Art Barn (Valparaiso, IN); Acadia Workshop Center (Southwest Harbor, ME); Sedona Arts Center (Sedona, AZ); Old Forge Arts Center (Old Forge, NY); Sunbury Shores Art & Nature Centre (St Andrews, NB); Pastel Artists Canada (Burlington, ON); New Hampshire Plein Air (Goffstown, NH); Pastel Painters Society of Cape Cod (Barnstable, MA); York Art Association (York, ME): Springfield Area Pastelists (Springfield, IL); Los Reyes Gallery (Tubac, AZ); Bay River Art Guild (Daphne, AL); Roswell Museum (Roswell, NM); Hubbard Museum of the American West (Riudoso, NM); ArtCenter Traverse City (Traverse City, MI); Lawrence Academy (Lawrence, MA); Vermont Pastel Society (Montpelier, VT); Cloudcroft Art Workshops (Cloudcroft, NM); Mid-Atlantic Plein Air Painters Association (Baltimore, MD); Water Street Studios (Batavia, IL); Eastport Arts Center (Eastport, ME); Pastel Society of El Paso (El Paso, TX); Ellis County Art Association (Waxahachie, TX); Middlebury Studio School (Middlebury, VT); Toledo Artists Club (Toledo, OH); Wilmington Art Association (Wilmington NC); Coastal Maine Art Workshops (Rockland, ME); Tucson Pastel Society (Tucson, AZ); Central Ohio Plein Air (Columbus OH).


Curriculum Vitae | List of Writings

Michael has several videos and books available at North Light Shop 

Michael Chesley Johnson