Award Winning Artist

Robert Johnson

Bob at the Beach

Robert painting on Anna Maria Island

Estuary Mangrove Mural

My art career began shortly after I moved to Key West, Florida. At the age of 18, I pedaled a bicycle from Jacksonville to Key West. I returned two years later and called it home for the next 22 years. Being the son of an inventor my creativity was bound to emerge and as a self-taught painter, I couldn’t have attended a better art school. I was inspired by the beauty of colorful skies, turquoise seas, classic victorian architecture and the thriving artist community. I painted the things I loved best, mainly the town’s most beloved symbols: schooners, conch houses, historic buildings, restaurants, marine life, corals and birds.

In┬áthe fall of 2004 I relocated to another beautiful Florida island, Anna Maria on the Gulf Coast. I love the nature that Manatee county hosts, from the pristine beaches to the manatees, turtles and dolphins. It too is a painter’s paradise with many historic piers and well loved restaurants with old Florida charm.

I┬áhave two distinct styles that I paint in, one is done very realistic with fine accurate detail, I painted this way for most of my career. Recently I developed a whimsical take where all things straight are made crooked and details are accentuated to capture the personality and charm of the buildings and their inhabitants. During the winter/spring months I show at many local art festivals on the island and Sarasota area. For five summers I traveled to the picturesque town of Boothbay Harbor, Maine. A wonderful place to be and create with the area’s nautical life and natural beauty. Wherever I happen to be painting I am an active outdoor enthusiast enjoying kayaking, tennis, sailing and bicycling.

I hope you enjoy my work,

Robert Johnson

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