Michael Chesley Johnson: Michael Chesley Johnson PSA MPAC is an award-winning plein air landscape painter noted for his expressive use of color who works in both oil and pastel. He paints primarily outdoors, choosing locations from the American Southwest, Downeast Maine and the Canadian Maritimes. He has been an Invited Artist at the Sedona Plein Air Festival (2006-2011) and in 2011 also participated in the Plein Air Southwest, Grand Canyon National Park and Zion National Park invitationals. In 2012, he was an invited artist in PleinAir Magazine’s First Annual Plein Air Convention & Expo and again in the Grand Canyon event. He has been invited again for the Grand Canyon and Sedona events for 2014.
Michael was awarded Master Pastellist status by Pastel Artists Canada in 2008, and he is 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 the American Impressionist Society. His paintings have appeared in The Artist’s Magazine, Pastel Journal, American Artist and Fine Art Connoisseur (PleinAir Magazine) and are in both corporate and private collections. He was featured in The Artist’s Magazine in September 2013.