The intent is to traverse the boundaries of subjevtive and objective reality, to tip the balance between control and freedom, to invite the viewer to
participate in that same tip of the scale, and to reach for that exhilarating gracefully controlled freedom that exists in a fullfilled life. The pathway is
through exploration of some of the infinite ways that shape, texture, color, motion and line form an abstract reality that in a sense becomes it's own valid
This transfer occurs in the same manner that objective principles emerge from life's abstractions.
Born and raised in Windom, Minnesota.
Graduated from high school in Sarasota, Florida
Recevied Bachelor of Arts degree from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee
Traveled Westerh Europe and dabbled in national politics in Washington, D.C.
Studied for Master of Arts Degree in Journalism and Communications, University of Florida, Gainesville.
For the last 20 years, has has a full-time job as Event Planner in the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Health Affairs at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville.
Marilyn Johnson first painted in college in a course taught by Artist Arthur Orr.
Twenty years later, in 1990, she began a watercolor class taught by Susie Vav Riper in the back room of the Art Store in Nashville's Green Hills, continuing her studies
under Nashville Watercolorist Barbara Wallace. A course by Wattana Wattanapun at Wilkins Institute of Art in Nashville led to Johnson's most intense and directed
study: multiple workshops with Artist Anton Weiss.
She has been painting for 17 years from her home studio, in addition to continuning her "more-then-full-time position" at Vanderbilt.
Abstein Gallery, Atlanta (1996 until the death of Gallery Owner Paul Abstein in November 2004)
Midtown Gallery, Nashville (1996 to present)
Watson Gallery, Atlanta (2007 to present)